Librarian-selected resources for Visions & Voices: Writing about Patients (Memoirs).
On October 18, 2010, Dr. Jay Baruch presented the lecture "Writing about Patients: Truth and Consequences" on the USC Health Sciences Campus. "The recent era has seen a rise in writing about illness, including physician and patient memoirs, blogs about illness and the practice of medicine and fiction based on the experiences of patients. Such writing can be illuminating and healing and can foster important conversations about health and the nature of suffering. But at a time when information can be shared with a keystroke, issues of privacy and confidentiality demand our careful consideration and thoughtful reflection. Jay Baruch, MD, will discuss the moral and ethical implications of this kind of writing.