Episode 77: Literature and Medicine with Professor Elena Fratto

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Want more content that explores links between the art and science of medicine? Here it is!

In this episode, Brendan dips outside the usual world of hospitals and clinics to talk with Dr. Elena Fratto, a professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University. Professor Fratto published a book in November titled Medical Storyworlds: Health, Illness, and Bodies in Russian and European Literature at the Turn of the Twentieth Century, so she brings a unique perspective to conversations in medicine and healthcare.

Topics discussed include mortality and dying with dignity, the importance of gathering patient stories, how literature has influenced medical care, and so much more. Enjoy!

Relevant websites:


http://cup.columbia.edu/book/medical-storyworlds/9780231554503 – the code CUP20 grants a 20% discount for Dr. Fratto’s book, “Medical Storyworlds”

Episode produced by: Brendan Connolly

Episode recording date: 11/10/21