24 episodes

Hosted by Dr. Aaron Rothstein and featuring expert guests, Searching for Medicine’s Soul explores medicine’s purpose: Why do physicians do what they do? How does the practice of medicine relate to scientific progress and human flourishing? The result is an in-depth analysis of the history and aim of medicine, and its collision with a thrilling and sometimes tragic age of discovery.

Searching for Medicine‘s Soul Ethics and Public Policy Center

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 17 Ratings

Hosted by Dr. Aaron Rothstein and featuring expert guests, Searching for Medicine’s Soul explores medicine’s purpose: Why do physicians do what they do? How does the practice of medicine relate to scientific progress and human flourishing? The result is an in-depth analysis of the history and aim of medicine, and its collision with a thrilling and sometimes tragic age of discovery.

    The Anticipatory Corpse with Jeffrey P. Bishop

    The Anticipatory Corpse with Jeffrey P. Bishop

    In this episode of Searching for Medicine's Soul, Aaron is joined by Jeffrey P. Bishop, M.D., Ph.D. Jeffrey is Professor of Philosophy and Theological Studies at St. Louis University where he also holds the Tenet Endowed Chair in Bioethics. He is the author of The Anticipatory Corpse and most recently the co-author of Biopolitics After Neuroscience: Morality and the Economy of Virtue. The two discuss the confluence of medical practice and human mortality in light of Jeffrey's research and experience.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Reimagining Chronic Illness with Meghan O’Rourke

    Reimagining Chronic Illness with Meghan O’Rourke

    On this episode of Searching for Medicine's Soul, Aaron is joined by Meghan O'Rourke. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness and The Long Goodbye, as well as the poetry collections Sun In Days, Once, and Halflife. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, and The New York Times, and more. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Radcliffe Fellowship, and a Whiting Nonfiction Award, she resides in New Haven, where she teaches at Yale University and is the editor of The Yale Review. The two discuss the place of chronic illness and pain in a wholly human anthropology.

    • 48 min
    Every Deep Drawn Breath with Dr. Wes Ely

    Every Deep Drawn Breath with Dr. Wes Ely

    On this episode of Searching for Medicine’s Soul, Aaron is joined by Wes Ely, the Grant W. Liddle Endowed Chair in Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, physician-scientist, and author of Every Deep-Drawn Breath, a work chronicling the human element active in ICU medical practice. The two discuss Wes’ humanistic approach to his patients and how it shapes his views on the ethical use of sedation, cognitive rehabilitation from neurological diseases, changing treatments acute cases of COVID-19, and more.
    Note that all proceeds from Every Deep-Drawn Breath will be paid into a fund for Covid and ICU survivors.
    See also:
    Every Deep-Drawn Breath
    Wes’ article on ‘long-COVID’
     

    • 49 min
    Tearing Us Apart with Ryan Anderson and Alexandra DeSanctis Marr

    Tearing Us Apart with Ryan Anderson and Alexandra DeSanctis Marr

    On this episode of Searching for Medicine’s Soul, Aaron is joined by EPPC President Ryan T. Anderson and Fellow Alexandra DeSanctis. Ryan and Alexandra’s expert testimony from years of work in the pro-life movement and co-authorship of Tearing Us Apart: Why Abortion Harms Everything and Solves Nothing sheds light on the philosophical and medical grounds for the pro-life cause, common pro-abortion objections including the famous fetal violinist argument, and how the handling of the abortion issue has hurt public life in America in the last fifty years.
    See also:
    Tearing Us Apart: Why Abortion Harms Everything and Solves Nothing

    • 52 min
    The Heart of Medicine with Danielle Ofri

    The Heart of Medicine with Danielle Ofri

    On this episode of Searching for Medicine’s Soul, Aaron Rothstein is joined by Danielle Ofri, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the New York University School of Medicine and founder of the Bellevue Literary Review. The two discuss Ofri’s work chronicling the challenges to the relationship between doctor and patient: administrative creep in the medical field, nonprofit hospital (mis)behavior, and the application of the adversarial patient compensation system to unintended medical errors.
    See also:
    Danielle’s website
    When We Do Harm, Danielle’s latest book
    The Bellevue Literary Review
     

    • 52 min
    Fraudulent Science with Charles Piller

    Fraudulent Science with Charles Piller

    Charles Piller joins Aaron to discuss his latest investigative reporting for Science on potentially fraudulent Alzheimer's research. 

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Dr. Félix A. Rodríguez ,

A most welcome find in the timely area of medical bioethics.

Glad I found this podcast suggested by the algorithm from Twitter.
A recommended show for physicians and all people working in healthcare and who are interested in medical ethics.
The fact that the tone of the program includes acknowledging spirituality is a welcome addition to the growing number of medical podcasts.

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