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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Using Art to Humanize Medicine Wit as a Teaching Tool (free on youtube)

The ASCO Post
 December 10, 2016
Using Art to Humanize Medicine
A Conversation With Margaret Edson

 Among the most widely attended sessions at the 2016 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium in September was the keynote lecture, “Wit, Hex, Vin, Life, Death: Using Wit as a Teaching Tool,” given by Margaret Edson, author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning play Wit. Wit tells the story of an accomplished English Professor Vivian Bearing, an authority on 17th century English poetry, specifically the Holy Sonnets of John Donne, who is diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer and is facing months-long aggressive, experimental chemotherapy and is forced to reassess her life. Beyond cure of her cancer, Wit is not a story of survival but rather of personal redemption and humanity.....

(1 hr 39min)   In fact, the film is being used in several medical schools throughout the United States and Canada to advance education in end-of-life care. (HBO has made the film available for free on YouTube at


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