Disputas dr philos – cand.med Sandy Goldbeck-Wood (streames)

Disputas dr philos – cand.med Sandra Goldbeck-Wood

Sandra Goldbeck-Wood disputerer for philos-graden i helsevitenskap og vil offentlig forsvare avhandlingen:

“When Bodies Speak and Words Act - poetry, psychosomatic illness and the lost art of medicine”


På grunn av koronautbruddet er auditoriet stengt for publikum. Disputasen vil i stedet bli strømmet her.

Opptak av disputasen vil være tilgjengelig i en uke.

The auditorium will be closed to the public because of the corona outbreak. The defense will be streamed here.

A recording of the disputation will be available for one week.

Avhandlingen er tilgjengelig her.

The doctoralthesis, click here.

For spørsmål ex auditorium vennligst send disse på e-post til disputasleder Ellisiv B. Mathiesen.

For questions ex auditorium, please e-mail the chairperson Ellisiv B. Mathiesen.

Populærvitenskapelig sammendrag av avhandlingen:

This is a discussion of what poetry has to do with medicine. It is about the psychological necessity and communicative purpose of art, with poetry as an example. It is about what poetry demands of the poet - humility, undogmatic diligence, resilience in the face of complexity, and the ability to think and feel at the same time. It is about a vital servic poetry performs for poet and public which is unamenable to instrumentalisation and systematisation.

This is also about the communicative potential of illness, and the therapeutic need for this to be heard. It is about the receptive, interpretive demands this places on doctors, who, unlike artists, are trapped within a model which does not support a receptive, interpretive stance. It is about the ineffectiveness, waste, and inhumanity which can result when the body´s hidden communication is misunderstood, and the toll this takes on doctor and patient.

Fortunately, creative, interpersonal elements live on in many clinical encounters, despite a climate in modern healthcare which favours operationalisability over understanding. This argues that clinical medicine must oppose unopposed empiricism, and reassert the irreducible therapeutic power of the doctor´s skilled, diligent, attentive human presence. It is a doctor´s call to rediscover the poetry in medical practice. 


Professor Finn Skårderud, Institutt for spiseforstyrrelser i Oslo - 1. opponent

Professor Neil Vickers, King`s College London England – 2.opponent

Førsteamanuensis Unni Ringberg, Institutt for samfunnsmedisin, Det helsevitenskapelige fakultet, UiT Norges arktiske universitet, leder av komité. Førsteamanuensis May-Lill Johansen, Institutt for samfunnsmedisin, Det helsevitenskapelige fakultet, UiT Norges arktiske universitet – fungerende leder av komité under disputas.


Professor Ellisiv B Mathiesen, Institutt for klinisk medisin, Det helsevitenskapelige fakultet, UiT Norges arktiske universitet

Prøveforelesning over oppgitt emne holdes kl. 10.15, samme sted:

“How can medical school educate students to approach challenges and complexity with creative curiosity“

Prøveforelesningen vil også bli streamet. Trykk her.

The trail lecture will also be streamed. Click here.

Når: 16.04.20 kl 10.00–15.15
Hvor: Streames fra Aud. Cerebrum
Sted: Tromsø
Målgruppe: Ansatte, Studenter, Gjester / eksterne, Inviterte
Kontakt: Andrea Jennerwein
E-post: andrea.jennerwein@uit.no
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