Acclaimed author speaking at 2017 annual luncheon
Doctor, educator, and best-selling author Abraham Verghese is the featured speaker at the 2017 annual luncheon of Montage Health, parent company of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. Verghese, a professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, focuses on healing in an era when technology often overwhelms the human side of medicine. His books include the acclaimed novel, “Cutting for Stone.”
The luncheon will be Friday, February 24 at the Portola Hotel & Spa. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., with lunch at noon.
Verghese’s deep interest in bedside medicine and his reputation as a clinician, teacher and writer led to his being recruited to Stanford University in 2007 as a tenured professor. Today, in his writing and his work, he continues to emphasize the importance of bedside medicine and physical examination in a time in medicine when the use of advanced technology frequently results in the patient in the bed having less attention than the patient data in the computer. He addresses the issue in many forums, including in “Cutting for Stone.”
“I wanted the reader to see how entering medicine was a passionate quest, a romantic pursuit, a spiritual calling, a privileged yet hazardous undertaking,” he says. “It’s a view of medicine I don’t think too many young people see in the West because, frankly, in the sterile hallways of modern medical-industrial complexes, where physicians and nurses are hunkered down behind computer monitors, and patients are whisked off here and there for this and that test, that side of medicine gets lost.”