Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Search for Meaning in a Medical Life with Abraham Verghese, M.D.

Abraham Verghese, M.D.
Last night, my husband and I heard Abraham Verghese, M.D. give a lecture at UCSB's Campbell Hall titled 'The Search for Meaning in a Medical Life' as part of the Speaking of Health lecture series.  

From the UCSB Arts & Lectures website, comes the following description of Abraham Verghese's lecture last night:
Where does meaning reside in our lives? Abraham Verghese has a unique perspective on the age-old question. After a career as a distinguished physician, Stanford University professor and memoirist, Verghese became a best-selling novelist with the release of his wildly popular Cutting for Stone. A sleuth of the human heart, he has written poignant books weaving issues of identity, personal reflection and medicine. In an intimate and compelling talk, Verghese will share his experiences of taking care of patients with HIV in the mid-1980s in rural Tennessee and the significant life lessons imparted by them.

Abraham Verghese's lecture last night was wildly popular within in the community and many people attended this event. I thoroughly enjoyed Dr. Verghese's lecture last night. It was captivating. He's very engaging speaker.

I enjoyed the question and answer session after Dr. Verghese's lecture, where audience members were able to ask questions.

The following You Tube video is of Abraham Verghese, M.D. speaking at TED Talks called A Patient's Touch. This video shows how captivating Dr. Verghese is as a speaker.

Abraham Verghese, M.D. is also the acclaimed author of Cutting For Stone. After the lecture, he signed copies of his novel. I had my copy autographed as well! My husband took a picture of me with Abraham Verghese, M.D.

Now I'll have to read 'Cutting For Stone' as it sounds delightful!

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