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September Narrative Medicine Rounds with Ricardo Nuila

“The People’s Hospital,” a talk with Ricardo Nuila

For our first Rounds event of the academic year we are thrilled to host Ricardo Nuila, author of the critically acclaimed The People’s Hospital: Hope and Peril in American Medicine. Nuila is an internal medicine physician and hospitalist at Ben Taub Hospital in Houston, TX, the hospital that his book depicts, and an associate professor at Baylor College of Medicine. The People’s Hospital, described as a “compelling mixture of health care policy and gripping stories from the frontlines of medicine” by The Guardian, explores the question: where does an uninsured person go when turned away by hospitals, clinics, and doctors? Nuila delves with empathy into the experiences of his patients, braiding their dramas into a singular narrative that contradicts the established idea that the only way to receive good health care is with good insurance. As Linda Villarosa wrote about the book in The New York Times: “Nuila offers The People’s Hospital as a…call to action, imploring more people to act to alleviate human suffering — with government, not charity, taking up this work.” Nuila will be joined for his talk by moderator Mark Kissler, M.D.

Narrative Medicine Rounds are monthly rounds on the first Wednesday of the month during the academic year hosted by the Division of Narrative Medicine in the Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Rounds are supported by live captioning. If you have any other accessibility needs or concerns, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 212-854-2388 or disability@columbia.edu at least 10 days in advance of the event. We do our best to arrange accommodations received after this deadline but cannot guarantee them. A recording of our Virtual Narrative Medicine rounds is available following the live session on the Narrative Medicine YouTube channel, and you can watch other recent Rounds events there.

Event Contact Information:
Division of Narrative Medicine


Sep 06 2023


6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


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