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Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park
Professor of Law and Professor of Ethics
Washington University in St. Louis
Ethicists Confront Cancer: When the Professional Becomes Personal
In 2006, Dresser was diagnosed with cancer. Having cancer was both a personal calamity and an education. Despite years of teaching and writing about medical ethics, she found herself unprepared for the experience. She views herself as one of the lucky people whose treatment was successful. After returning to work she wanted to share what she had learned. With six colleagues who had been cancer patients or cared for spouses with cancer, Dresser authored a book called Malignant: Medical Ethicists Confront Cancer. In Malignant, ethicists tell their cancer stories. They describe how their views on medical ethics changed after personal cancer experiences, and point to neglected issues in cancer care. In the midst of serious illness, people can be helped and harmed in ways that ethicists, medical professionals, and the public must understand.
Guests are not required to print their tickets.
There are free lots available in front of the Fleet Science Center.