Nothing Human is Alien: Parallels and Synergies in Medicine and Literature
By Gavin Francis
Author of Adventures in Human Being: A Grand Tour from the Cranium to the Calcaneum
Monday, October 17th, 2016
5:30pm – 6:30pm lecture
6:30-7:00pm reception and book signing
MacMillan Hall, Room 117 (Starr Auditorium)
167 Thayer Street
This lecture is free and open to the public
Reception to follow. Please RSVP for the lecture to Julie_Jewett@brown.edu.
Gavin Francis attended Edinburgh Medical School in Scotland, taking a first-class bachelor's degree in Neuroscience part-way through the course, and graduating MBChB with honors and the class medal in 1999. He initially trained in emergency medicine and worked as an expedition doctor in the Arctic and Antarctic, and has a Masters degree in Remote Health Care from the Peninsula Medical School in England. In 2007 he took an eighteen month journey by motorcycle between Scotland and New Zealand with his wife, spending several months working in India en route, then switched from emergency medicine to primary care. He works now as a partner in a primary care practice in Edinburgh.
Francis is the author of three books: True North: Travels in Arctic Europe (2008, 2010), Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence & Emperor Penguins (2012) and Adventures in Human Being: A Grand Tour from the Cranium to the Calcaneum (2015). He's the recipient of several literary awards and is a regular contributor to the Guardian, London Review of Books, and New York Review of Books.
About the Lecture
The Harriet W. Sheridan Literature and Medicine Lecture features distinguished writers and literary scholars to foster a reflective dialogue with the community about the illness experience.