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Humanism in medicine subject of UCR conference

Humanism in medicine subject of UCR conference

(April 18, 2001)

Two internationally recognized experts on a trend in medical care known as humanistic medicine will discuss its impact on the managed-care system with University of California, Riverside faculty at a conference scheduled Saturday, April 28.

The conference, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in room 1500 of the Humanities and Social Sciences building on the UCR campus.

Humanistic medicine is the practice of introducing aesthetically pleasing elements to medical treatment and the doctor-patient relationship. Proponents say it saves money in the long run and speeds healing in the short term.

Dr. Howard Brody, a family practitioner and medical ethicist at Michigan State University, is the 2001 Lyceum Lecturer at the Center for Ideas and Society at UCR and a proponent humanistic medicine. He will be joined by Dr. Miles Little, professor emeritus of surgery, and director of the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Their wide-ranging discussions will take place in three sessions that examine the meaning of humanistic medicine, how it is being taught to the latest generation of physicians, and how it can become part of managed care.

Joining Brody and White in a panel discussion will be UCR professors Robin DiMatteo, psychology; Kathleen Montgomery, management; June O'Connor, religious studies; Yenna Wu, Chinese; and UCR psychology Ph.D. candidate Patrick Giordani.

Members of the audience will be invited to question the panel toward the end of the conference.

Maps and directions to the event are available at UCR information kiosks located at the University Avenue and the Canyon Crest Drive campus entrances, or on the campus web site Visitor parking costs $3 per vehicle.

For more information, call the Center for Ideas and Society at UCR (909) 787-3987, (909) 787-7319, or visit the center's web site at

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