Explore the Ethos of Medicine in Postmodern America - Feb. 16

Written by Brian Kirschner
Published on January 21, 2015

As times have changed so has the medical profession. Has postmodern American culture so altered the terrain of medical care that moral confusion and deflated morale multiply faster than both technological advancements and ethical resolutions? A new book—The Ethos of Medicine in Postmodern America—attempts to examine this question with reference to the cultural touchstones of our postmodern era: consumerism, computerization, and destruction of meta-narratives. 
Join the Humanities Department for the 2013 Bernard J. Malis Memorial Lecture The Ethos of Medicine In Postmodern America presented by Dr. Arnold R. Eiser, author and professor of medicine the Drexel University College of Medicine, as he explores changes in the medical profession. The talk will be held on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, at 4:30 p.m. in the Griffith Hall, room C.
Central to this analysis are current healthcare issues such as the patient-centered medical home, clinical practice guidelines, and electronic health records. This interdisciplinary examination will reveal insights valuable to anyone working in healthcare, postmodern thought, medical sociology, bioethics, or health services research.
The Bernard J. Malis Memorial Lectureship in Humanities was endowed by Bernard Malis, who graduated from PCPS in 1944 with a BS in pharmacy and in 1947 with an MS in pharmacy. He was a consultant in pharmacology and public health, and was chair of the Philadelphia chapter of the Explorers Club. In 1989, Malis was elected a fellow of Royal Society of Arts.
What others are saying:
“Ethos of Medicine… is a case study of a much wider phenomenon of moral insensitivity gnawing into the very foundation of social life in our society of consumers first, citizens distant second and fellow humans recast as competitors and rivals. This book is a warning that needs to be paid close attention by all of us worried about our societal future.” —Zygmunt Bauman, University of Leeds
“The Ethos of Medicine could hardly have arrived at a more propitious time. As medicine becomes less a profession and more a business in the USA and elsewhere there is a huge need to revisit the ethic of the doctor-patient relationship.” —Arthur L. Caplan, NYU Langone Medical Center
“The practice of medicine has changed radically through the past half-century. Electronic health records, moves of physicians’ practices into corporate structures, for-profit hospital systems, and other changes, all can influence the patient physician relationship and standards in the conduct of medical care. Dr. Eiser’s survey of today’s American medicine makes clear why potential patients, patients, and physicians should be aware of potential results of such influences.” — Edward J. Huth, editor emeritus, Annals of Internal Medicine

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