Conference on Medicine & Religion: My Pain is Always With Me
Pain haunts human experience and frequently leads people to seek help from medical practitioners. As many as one in four American adults suffers chronic pain. On one hand, relieving pain seems the most obvious of responsibilities for clinicians. "To cure sometimes, to relieve often, to comfort always," the saying goes. On the other hand, pain often seems to defy medical solutions and to bedevil the efforts of both patients and clinicians. What, then, should we make of pain? What are traditioned practices of responding wisely to pain? What role does medicine play in those practices?
Jewish, Christian, and Islamic scriptures and traditions all speak to the experience of pain, why it exists, how it affects an individual and a community, how one might respond faithfully to pain in oneself and in one's neighbor, and what may be hoped for when pain will not go away. The 2019 Conference on Medicine and Religion invites health care practitioners, scholars, religious community leaders, and students to take up these questions about pain by relating them to religious traditions and practices, particularly, but not exclusively, those of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The conference is a forum for exchanging ideas from an array of disciplinary perspectives, from accounts of clinical practices to empirical research to scholarship in the humanities.
Date: March 29th-31st, 2019
Location: JB Duke Hotel
230 Science Drive
Durham, North Carolina 27708
Early Registration Fees (ends March 1)
General Public/Allied Health/Academics: $295
Resident Physicians: $245
Three-Day Registration Fees (beginning March 2)
General Public/Allied Health/Academics: $395
Resident Physicians: $345
One-Day Registration Fees
General Public/Others: $160
*A student is defined as one who is actively pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree and has not received a doctoral-level degree (e.g., MD, PhD, JD, or equivalent degree).