The penultimate session from the FPR conference After Virtual:  The Art of Recovering Lost Goods addresses health.  Philosopher Adam Smith from the University of Dubuque and medical doctor Brian Volck, author of Attending Others: A Doctor’s Education in Bodies and Words, take on the medical/industrial complex (with assists from Alasdair MacIntyre and Wendell Berry). 

Speakers:  Adam Smith and Brian Volck 


2:15 Adam Smith—Medicine After Virtue 

3:15 Medicine in the New Dark Ages  

5:00 Out of practice 

11:30 The medicalization of everything  

16:00 Infected with emotivism  

20:00 Curing the disease of freedom in 1851 

26:00 De-medicalizing birth, death, and more  

29:00 Brian Volck — Hospitality, Responsibility, and Presence: Practicing Medicine as if Bodies Actually Mattered  

31:00 Bad metaphors and good definitions 

33:00 The trouble with trolleys and telemedicine  

41:00 Patients in the flesh 

45:00 Paleo-Benedictine hospitality 

48:15 Stewarding stethoscopes 

51:30 Q & A 


Speaker bios 

Conference videos 

Save the date:  2023 Conference in Madison, Wisconsin (October 7, 2023) 

Thanks to Wendell Kimbrough for his musical talents 

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