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Verghese, pioneering thinker in medical humanities, to speak in Bozeman April 26-27

March 30, 2006 -- from MSU News Service

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Bozeman - Dr. Abraham Verghese, a pioneer in the field of medical humanities and the author of the best-selling book "My Own Country: A Doctor's Story," will speak locally at two Montana State University events April 26 and 27.

Verghese wrote "My Own Country," which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and one of Time magazine's five best books of 1994, about caring for AIDS patients in rural Tennessee. He is also the author of "The Tennis Partner," a New York Times notable book and a national bestseller. Born in Africa, Verghese completed medical school in India before emigrating to the U.S. for a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in infectious diseases. In addition to his medical degree, he is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Verghese lectures throughout the world about the increasing displacement of the flesh-and-blood patient amidst the technology of contemporary medicine. His lectures in Bozeman will address the ethical implications of such a shift and the importance of a renaissance of holistic, patient-centered medicine.

Verghese will lecture at 4:10 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, in 108 Reid Hall about "The Search for Meaning in Illness." The lecture is part of the MSU Landscapes of the Mind lecture series.

Verghese will also speak at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 27 on "The Missing Patient" as part of MSU's Caf Scientifique lecture series held at Ferraro's Fine Dining, 726 N. 7th Ave. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the MSU College of Letters and Science, 994-4288.

Contact: Kimberly Myers (406) 994-5170