Author advocates for ‘slow medicine’

Victoria Sweet, MD, to talk about her book God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine

November 26, 2013

sweet-victoriaThe Humanities in Medicine Committee of the Lamar Soutter Library and the Worcester District Medical Society are co-sponsoring a talk and book-signing by physician-author Victoria Sweet, MD. Dr. Sweet advocates for an environment where doctors have enough time to do a good job, and can pay attention not only to patients but to what’s around patients. She calls this approach “slow medicine” and argues that such an environment allows doctors to arrive at the right diagnosis and the right treatment for the least cost.

Sweet is an associate clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and a prize-winning historian with a PhD in medical history. She practiced medicine for twenty years at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco, where she began writing.

The event will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 4, in the Rare Book Room, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m.; the talk will begin at 6 p.m. Copies of God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine will be available for purchase.