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Ordinary Medicine: Extraordinary Treatments, Longer Lives and Where to Draw the Line

On Friday, April 15, 2016, from 12:15 to 1:30, Sharon Kaufman will present “Ordinary Medicine: Extraordinary Treatments, Longer Lives and Where to Draw the Line” at the University of Minnesota.

In today’s aging society, the line between life-giving therapies and too much treatment is hard to see — it is obscured by a perfect storm created by private industry, insurance reimbursement and the promises of evidence and new technologies. 

This lecture reveals what drives the storm’s “more is better” approach to medicine: a nearly invisible chain of social, economic and bureaucratic forces that has made once-extraordinary treatments seem ordinary and necessary.  The lecture provides a map to the socio-cultural sources of our health care dilemmas.

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