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1.

The Legacy of Nancy Cruzan

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William Colby, the Cruzan family lawyer and author of the book Long goodbye, discussed the Nancy Cruzan case which represents the intersection of law, medicine, and technology. He talked about her as a person.
VHS
2004
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Adult Perspectives on Childhood Experience With Domestic Homicide

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Parker discussed a longitudinal study she and Steeves are conducting, interviewing adults whose parents killed another parent when they were children. Steeves described the case study of one family with 5 children, who were split apart after the killing of a parent. Adams described her personal experience of losing her mother to domestic violence.
VHS
2004
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Blues Biology

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Musician Corey Harris discusses the history of blues and describes how this music has been used to help alleviate human pain and illness. He sings and plays several musical selections during his presentation. Music performed includes: High fever blues, C. C. pill blues, Love is more precious than gold, Cat fish blues, and Didn't by Lord deliver David?
VHS
2005
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Homeless and Poor in America: Implications for Health and Health Care

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Dr. Hopper discussed methods for counting the homeless, types of health problems they encounter, etc. He stressed that the real problem was poverty, the underlying structure of getting basic needs met, especially in the area of housing. Ms. Ehrenreich discussed her experiences of trying to live on low wages while researching her book, Nickel and dimed, and the experiences of her co-workers during that period, especially concerning housing and health care.
VHS
2005
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Song and Dance: Poems

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Through his poetry, Alan Shapiro shared personal reflections on the illness and death from brain cancer of his brother, actor David Shapiro. Professor Shapiro discussed his writing of poetry, and read selected poems from his book, Song and dance: poems.
VHS
2005
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HIV/AIDS: Discrimination, Stigma and Shame

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Dr. Gayle, Director of the National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, explains how racism, stigma, shame, and marginalization have played a unique role in shaping societal and individual responses to the HIV/AIDs epidemic. She uses the situations of African Americans in the United States and South Africans under aparteid as case studies, giving the historical background and current conditions for each.
VHS
2001
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Physician Emotional Reaction to Patient Death: Impact on Patient Care

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Dr. Arnold discusses a study he and Susan Lockster did at Harvard and the University of Pittsburgh concerning the way physicians handle patients' deaths. The themes which stood out included (1) uncertainty and confusion and (2) the fear of mistakes. Doctors at university hospitals were often stangers caring for patients (many having met their patients less than a week before death), and the doctors' emotional reactions were related to their role in the management of dying.
VHS
2001
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The Healing Power of Mindfulness: Living Your Life as If It Really Matters

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Dr. Kabat-Zinn talks about the use of mindfulness, especially meditation, in the process of healing. He defines healing as a process of coming to term with things as they are. Medicine and meditation both relate to wholeness, the root meaning of health. He suggests paying attention to ourselves as whole human beings.
VHS
2001
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Fighting the War on Breast Cancer in the 20th Century: From the Radical Mastectomy to Genetic Testing

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Dr. Lerner gave a history of the treatment of breast cancer in the United States during the 20th century. He showed how this treatment was influenced by social and cultural factors. Through mid-century male doctors primarily took the approach of more surgery is better, and performed numerous radical mastectomies. In the 1970s with the feminist movement, women began demanding a choice of treatment options, and breast cancer came to be seen as a public health problem.
VHS
2001
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Breast Cancer Screening: Prevention Is More Complicated Than We Thought

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Dr. Fletcher discusses the complications surrounding breast cancer screening including how risk is defined, screening techniques, and the social context of breast cancer.
VHS
2004
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Is There a Pink Slip in Your Genes?: Genetic Discrimination in the Workplace

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Miller discusses how scientific advances in genetics may have an impact on employment discrimination and how laws must be enforced to protect employees' rights and privacy.
VHS
2004
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Healthy Cities, Healthy Lives: The Built Environment and Public Health

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Beatley explores ways in which community planning and design influence public health, emphasizing the need for green spaces. He showed examples of healthy cities in Europe and North America.
VHS
2004
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Understanding Heredity: Chance in the House of Fate

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Ms. Ackerman talks about heredity and what she learned when writing her book, Chance in the house of fate. She describes heredity in layman's terms, and demonstrates the interrelatedness of various organisms.
VHS
2001
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AIDS Doctors: Looking Backward, Confronting the Future

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Dr. Bayer discusses the experiences of AIDs doctors in the United States in treating their patients since the disease was discovered, and how the outlook about and treatment of the disease has changed.
VHS
2001
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Children Who Claim to Remember Previous Lives

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Dr. Stevenson described his research with children who exhibited criteria of reincarnation. He described specific cases and pointed out the methods of research used in this field.
VHS
2002; 2001
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How Political Correctness Is Corrupting Medicine

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Dr. Satel believes that political correctness, which she defines as an orthodoxy intended to maintain a victim status, is corrupting medicine. She discusses some myths including the exclusion of women from medical clinical trials, and the claim of bias in health care by race. She also talks about how social activists against organized psychiatry are trying to run the system.
VHS
2002; 2001
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An Unquiet Mind: Personal Reflections on Manic-Depressive Illness

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Dr. Jamison relayed her experiences with being a sufferer of manic depression from the perspective of the disease itself and the realities of needing and taking lithium.
VHS
2002; 2001
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Ethics and Equity: Current Challenges in International Health

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Dr. Farmer spoke about poverty and the epidemiology of communicable diseases, using tuberculosis and HIV in Haiti and Peru as examples.
VHS
2003
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Difficult Dilemmas: Depression and Suicide Among University Students

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Inez Okrent gave a brief description of the life and death of her son, David, and what might have been done to present his suicide. Dr. Federman discussed the situation of the mental health and suicide of college students both nationally and at the University of Virginia.
VHS
2003
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20.

Without---Writing Love, Death, and Grief

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Poet Donald Hall read poems and letters from his books "Without" and "The Painted bed" concerning the illness and death of his wife, the poet Jane Kenyon, from leukemia and his grieving concerning it.
VHS
2003
Ivy (By Request)