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Medical Storytelling at Its Best

University of Virginia. School of Medicine
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As a UVA undergraduate (Class of 2010), Pennsylvania native Matthew Miller had a catastrophic, near fatal cycling accident on the Blue Ridge Parkway while training for an Ironman triathlon. He lost control of his bike as a caravan of classic cars passed by in the opposite lane; Miller plowed into an oncoming Porsche, breaking every bone in his face. Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Michael Vitez's articles about Miller for The Philadephia Inquirer (reprinted in the Charlottesville Daily Progress) led to his book, The road back: a story of grit and grace (2012). This compelling narrative of Miller's remarkable survival and recovery. He is now a third year medical student at the University of Pennsylvania not only celebrates the strength and resiliency of the human spirit but also vividly attests to the power of medicine at its best. This Medical center hour, with Michael Vitez and UVA surgeon J. Forrest Calland, one of Miller's doctors, suggests that the best way to explore and explain what's happening in medicine may be to tell stories of ordinary people, patients and professionals meeting extraordinary challenges. A John F. Anderson Memorial Lecture
University of Virginia. School of Medicine
Childress, Marcia Day
Vitez, Michael
Calland, J. Forrest
Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
Medical Center Hour
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