Recent Writings
Why Did the American Cancer Society Ignore Evidence About Early Detection Until Now?
For a century, the American Cancer Society has held up “early detection” of breast and other cancers as its mantra. Once, that made sense. But over the past few decades, [more]
Teaching Medical Students About Culture and Consent
If a medical researcher had the chance to make a crucial discovery in the fight against a serious disease, is it acceptable to mislead the subjects of her experiment? Seventee[more]
Jimmy Carter: Our Latest Famous Patient
Former President Jimmy Carter’s recent announcement that he has metastatic melanoma is the most recent example of the complex relationship that exists between famous people [more]
Euthanasia in Belgium and the Netherlands: On a Slippery Slope?
The slippery slope is an argument frequently invoked in the world of bioethics. It connotes the notion that a particular course of action will lead inevitably to undesi[more]
The Robot Will See You Now: Robert Wachter’s “The Digital Doctor”
Consider Robert Wachter’s vision of the hospital in the not-so-distant future. There will be no more dedicated intensive-care units, because only seriously ill patients wi[more]
Fighting Mental Illness on the Ballfield
Mental illness remains highly stigmatized, even after celebrities like Brooke Shields, Mel Gibson and Robin Williams went public with their stories. So it was really a big de[more]
Overruling My Father
When it came to offering medical interventions to severely ill patients with no hope of recovery, my father had a fiercely strong opinion: They were inappropriate. For decade[more]
I Am A Talking Head On The New Ken Burns Cancer Documentary — Not
I received the e-mail in May 2012. Would I be willing to be interviewed for an upcoming Ken Burns Public Broadcasting System (PBS) documentary based on the book “The Emperor[more]
Science, Activism and Truth: “Galileo’s Middle Finger, by Alice Dreger
It is fitting that as I was reading Alice Dreger’s new book “Galileo’s Middle Finger,” news reports were full of “Deflategate,” in which the New England Patriots w[more]
Please Stop Making That Noise
I can’t stand it when someone behind me at a movie chews popcorn with his or her mouth open. I mean, I really can’t stand it. I have misophonia, a condition with which[more]

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July 17, 2014

Father, Doctor, Role Model
‘The Good Doctor’: A Son’s Look at an Earlier Generation

In a career that spanned more than five decades, from the 1950s into the 21st century, Dr. Phillip I. Lerner witnessed vast transformations in medicine. But as his son, Dr. Barron H. Lerner, writes in this exquisitely insightful new memoir, none of the changes was more profound than the evolution of the doctor-patient relationship.
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npr-terrygrossBarron Lerner appeared on Fresh Air with Terry Gross on May 13th. The complete interview is here.

Upcoming Appearances

September 11, 2015: Sarrouf Lecture, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN

September 22, 2015: Quinnipiac School of Medicine, North Haven, CT

October 5, 2015: Hawken School, Gates Mills, OH

November 13, 2015: 2015 Cancer Culture and Community Colloquium, Pursue University, West Lafayette, IN

January 6, 2016: Program for Biomedical Ethics, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven CT

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