On October 30, at 7 PM, Dr. Danielle Ofri will talk about her most recent book, Medicine in Translation: Journeys with My Patients(Beacon Press, 2011) at the Unitarian Universalist meetinghouse at 977 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike (junction of Scuttle Hole Road). Her book, which has garnered wide critical praise for its candor and compassion, offers compelling and sometimes humorous stories of how she and her patients struggle with their medical problems and the difficulty both have in coming to terms with the cultural and language differences of a largely immigrant, poor, population, many of whom have braved language barriers, religious and racial divides and the emotional difficulties of exile. Without judgment or condescension, Dr. Ofri’s book sheds light on how one doctor comes to terms with her own emotions in treating a complex patient population and puts a human face on the challenges facing immigrants and their caregivers navigating the U.S. healthcare system.
Dr. Ofri has been an attending physician at Bellevue Hospital , the oldest public hospital in the nation, for two decades. She is also Associate Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine and editor-in-chief of the Bellevue Literary Review. Her writings have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet, and on CNN.com and National Public Radio. An earlier book Incidental Findings:Lessons from My Patients in the Art of Medicineoffers stories from the life of a newly minted doctor as she faces some of the hard questions and realities in applying the Hippocratic oath.
This event is co-sponsored by Neighbors in Support of Immigrants and the Social Justice Committee of the UUCSF. There is no charge for the program. Apple cider and donuts for a contribution, with all proceeds for providing meals for day laborers at North Sea Rd and CR 39 and in East Hampton.