A History of Present Illness

January 25, 2023
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Event sponsored by:

Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine
School of Medicine (SOM)


Trent Center


Anna DeForest headshot


Anna DeForest, MD - Palliative Care Physician and Novelist, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City
Palliative care physician and novelist Anna DeForest discusses the role of attention in clinical work, and ways of being present for the experience of others that allow us to find meaning and fulfillment in the face of great suffering, both physical and existential. Anna DeForest, MD is the author of the novels A History of Present Illness and the forthcoming Our Long Marvelous Dying. Their fiction and essays on death and language have appeared in Harper's, the Paris Review, the Journal of the American Medical Association, the New England Journal of Medicine, and elsewhere. Dr. DeForest currently works in palliative care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Books will be available for signing following the talk. Lecture Hall 2002 is one floor directly above the main lobby of Duke Hospital.

Trent Humanities in Medicine Lecture