The Kindness of Science
NEW YORK ENCOUNTER 2019 EXHIBIT
February 15-17, 2019
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2019
7:45 PM | AUDITORIUM, SECOND FLOOR
SATURDAY, February 16
11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm
SUNDAY, February 17
11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm
Three masters in medicine: Takashi Nagai, Giancarlo Rastelli, and Cicely Saunders. Each valued their patients, until the very end, because of their existence.
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This exhibit offers a unique opportunity to meet three masters of medicine whose work and clinical innovations find their roots in being fully at the service of their patients. Each valued their patients until the very end because of their existence.
Takashi Nagai (1908–1951) was a Japanese physician who spent his days and nights serving patients as an early day radiologist and contracted leukemia because of overexposure to radiation. Already severely ill, he strenuously attended to the needs of atomic bomb survivors in Nagasaki, and became a prophet of peace and forgiveness for the entire nation.
Giancarlo Rastelli (1933–1970) was a pioneer cardiac surgeon who—during his career as clinical investigator and surgeon at the Mayo Clinic cut short by illness—developed a novel surgical procedure that revolutionized the management of children with congenital heart disease.
Dame Cicely Saunders (1918–2005) was an exceptional woman, nurse, social worker, and physician who pioneered novel approaches to treating terminally ill patients and created the first modern hospice in London, England.
Featured image: Sudbury Polio Clinic: Mrs. E. Marr, Physio-therapist, with Dorothy Gifford, 2 1/2 at the Walking Bars in the Polio Clinic, March 1953; Photographer: Chris Lund | Courtesy of National Gallery of Canada