Doctors, Patients and the Public Trust to be Discussed at Fletcher Free Library

For Immediate Release: Sept. 16, 2008
Media Contact: Communication Office
Vermont Department of Health
802-863-7281

BURLINGTON – A child who fights valiantly to prevent a physician from looking down her throat, and a raging drunk in an emergency room are among the stories that will be discussed by doctors and patients on the opening night of a six-part program beginning Sept. 17 at the Fletcher Free Library.

Doctors, patients, and the Public Trust: Conversations in Literature and Medicine will be open to the public, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the library and will feature readings and discussion of three short stories, including “The Use of Force” by William Carlos Williams, and “Brute” by Richard Selzer.

The programs will raise questions such as: “Are doctors devils or deities – or are they just human?” How physicians address, solve and cope with problems will also be discussed.

The discussion is presented by the Vermont Humanities Council and the Vermont Board of Medical Practice.

For a list of each session and the stories to be discussed, visit healthvermont.gov. The Vermont Medical Society has also posted the readings online at: http://www.vtmd.org/

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