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Published on Dec 8, 2013
Dr. Kay Toombs, PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Baylor University speaks in Dr. Lauren's Literary and Philosophical Perspectives in Medicine class (12/3/2013).
Diagnosed in 1973 with multiple sclerosis, Dr. Toombs combines her philosophical training in phenomenology with her firsthand experience of chronic progressive debilitating disease in order to reflect on issues relating to the experience of illness and disability, the phenomenology of the body, the care of the chronically ill, the relationship between health care professionals and patients, and the meaning of healing. Her most recent work explores the experience of vulnerability, illness, and dying in the context of intentional Christian community. An international lecturer, her highly-praised book, The Meaning of Illness: A Phenomenological Account of the Different Perspectives of Physician and Patient (1992), has been translated into Chinese and Japanese. She is editor of The Handbook of Phenomenology and Medicine (2001), and co-editor of Disability: The Social, Political and Ethical Debate (2008.)
First established in 2004, the Medical Humanities Program at Baylor has enjoyed tremendous growth and currently has over 250 students enrolled as majors in the program. The Medical Humanities Program at Baylor provides students with the unique opportunity to consider the ethical and spiritual issues they will encounter in medicine, to explore the deepest meanings of health and healing, and to embrace the sacred nature of a vocation in medicine. Medical Humanities at Baylor University is one of a handful of programs of its kind in the country. Our mission, in keeping with the vision of Baylor's Pro Futuris, is to provide a truly transformational education for students seeking careers in healthcare and the medical arts under the guidance of faculty who are committed to compelling scholarship and dedicated to service.