THE HISTORY GAME
Three lectures to make you travel through the great epidemics of the past, from Boccaccio’s plague, to Syphilis, to the tragedy of the Spanish flu that caused more deaths than the First World War. But how can we fight epidemics? Following, we will play PANDEMIC, a cooperative board game like Monopoli and Risiko, invented in 2008, which helps one understand how diseases prevail if the vaccine’s development and the infection’s containment fail to work together. Learning as you play.
11 a.m.: HOSPITAL ROUNDS
Three beds, three patients, the same disease but different diagnosis and therapies in different historical periods. A format halfway between a lecture and a play: the audience will follow the head “physician” – like in the hospitals during morning rounds – who questions patients/students acting their own medical record. The head physician leads the audience and tells about the progress of medicine. A voyage that starts in the past and ends up in the present through an aisle of old and new patients.
Narrative medicine leads to focus again on the patient’s figure, listening to his own experience and individual history as a tool to improve the diagnostic itinerary. A format that retraces patient stories and considers the several points of view that must be evaluated: from History to Anthropology, to Literature, to Forensic Medicine, to new technologies, to the difficult relationships between scientific research and business.
POINT OF ORDER
A series of conferences concerning the complicated matters regarding the resources management, the research costs and the access to health care, the price of innovation, the government spending. A challenge for politics with a capital P.
An in-depth analysis on current events: vaccines, personalized medicine, sleep diseases, doctor-patient relationship, cognitive exercise and the slowing-down of ageing.
RELIGION AND THERAPY
Prayer, in the four corners of the world, has always been considered as the best therapeutic answer, the medicine for everything and for everyone: also today and for every disease. A four-episode journey through the relationship between religions and therapies.
We intuitively believe to know the exact meaning of some words. But what is the actual meaning of “clinical experimentation”? What is the “placebo effect”, and what are we talking about when we talk about “pain”? A pocket dictionary in the form of lectures.
MEDICINE IN PROGRESS
Like every other science, medicine is in a continuous and positive evolution, since yesterday’s discoveries are the building blocks for acquiring tomorrow’s future knowledge. The lectures offer overall insights on some of the most recent developments in bio-medical research – but also on the increasingly related disciplines, like information technology and telecommunications – foreshadowing the forthcoming future of medicine and the future relationship between doctor and patient.
Gender medicine is one of the new great challenges for the profession, for patients, for society. Diagnosis and therapies cannot remain indifferent to age, ethnic groups, and gender. In this first edition, we shall focus on gender differences: male vs female, from a general point of view and in more specific cases and pathologies such as “depression” and “osteoporosis”.
The history of the great diseases, from the past to the present times, similarities and overlapping disciplines: the relationship between diagnosis and investigative approach.
LUNCH IS READY!
Nutraceutical is one of the new and very important dimensions of the relationship between health, disease, wellbeing and prevention. A set of conferences to make a point of what we know, what we can look after, what we can prevent and what we can expect to see in the plate…of the future!
The keynotes lectures, dedicated to the great clinicians and scholars, following the tradition of the Alma Mater and of the first modern School of Medicine in the history of the University.
HOT OFF THE PRESS
Book presentations in San Giorgio in Poggiale.
During the Festival, an exhibition of “The Burns Archive” – in the Archiginnasio courtyard-, and the exhibition “Curare e guarire” – in the Atti hall of Re Enzo’s palace – will accompany the opening of San Colombano, of the Museum of Palazzo Poggi and of the Church of Santa Maria della Vita.
MEDICINE IN LITERATURE AND THEATRE
The figure of the doctor, the pain of disease, the patients’ fears and hopes revisited and reinterpreted in the pages of great Literature, opera scores and film.
CARRIED OUT BY…
A series of meeting promoted and organized by Institutes, Companies and Organizations.