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Dr. Victoria Sweet (San Francisco): "Slow Medicine and the Efficiency of Inefficiency"

  • Lecture Hall, Audrey Emerton Building Eastern Rd Brighton, BN2 United Kingdom (map)

Dr. Victoria Sweet (San Francisco):

"Slow Medicine and the Efficiency of Inefficiency"

Time: 18.00, 20th November 2014

Location: Lecture Hall (Level 2), Audrey Emerton Building, Eastern Road, Brighton,
BN2 5BE.

In a special guest lecture, hosted by the University of Sussex's new cross-disciplinary Humanities and Futurehealth network and the BSUH Medical Humanities group, Dr. Victoria Sweet will be discussing her innovative practice of 'slow medicine'. This practice, which she describes as the "efficiency of inefficiency", focuses on time, attention not only to the patient but also what is around the patient, increasing doctor-patient satisfaction and, through this, reducing costs by ensuring the most appropriate treatment.

Based in San Francisco, Dr. Sweet is a physician, historian, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF, and author of the best-selling book God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine. Winner of the Gold Medal for Non-Fiction at the 82nd Annual California Book Awards and a finalist at the 2013 PEN Literary Awards, God's Hotel describes Dr. Sweet's experiences working in the Laguna Honda chronic care hospital, called by some the 'last almshouse in America'. She intertwines her patients' narratives, her own historical research on Medieval medicine, and eyewitness reflections on the transformation of Laguna Honda into a modern rehabilitation centre, to draw new ideas on the future direction of healthcare: away from an ever-increasing drive for 'efficiency'.

In 2014 Dr. Sweet was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship in Creative Arts: General Non-Fiction to work on her next book, Slow Medicine, Fast Medicine: Healing, Curing and Caring in an Age of Technology.

Her recent article for the NY Times on Florence Nightingale can be found here:


Places at this event are free but limited.

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Earlier Event: 15 November
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