We were originally going to discuss Ian McEwan's novel "Saturday" on 6 July, which features a neurosurgeon as the main character. However, many people who'd expressed interest are away next month, so this will now take place on 10 August. Instead, we'll be watching the 1931 film 'Arrowsmith' on the 6th (next Thursday). Apologies to this year's medical humanities students who have probably seen this. The film is based on a book by Nobel-prizewinning author Sinclair Lewis. The story covers the medical career of Martin Arrowsmith, a flawed but well-intentioned protagonist who experiences medicine in many of its guises: as a research scientist, a pathologist, a public health official, an epidemiologist and a small-town GP. The novel is prescribed reading on many American medical humanities courses (but don't let that put you off!). You can read more about the film here.
We will be meeting in Rm 311, Mechanical Engineering Building, South Kensington campus, Imperial College London (no. 29 on this overly-complicated map). Everyone is welcome. We start at 19.30. Please e-mail me if you would like to come and are not a student or member of staff at Imperial so that I can arrange access to the building. Popcorn and wine will be on offer!