Slipping Up: Editing and Error in Medicine and Literature

Slipping Up: Editing and Error in Medicine and Literature

Members of the Massey College community are invited to the panel discussion entitled: Slipping Up: Editing and Error in Medicine and Literature on Thursday, November 20, 2014
 at 7:30 p.m. in the Upper Library. Details follow below. Please reserve a seat by emailing:

Ars Medica: A Journal of Medicine, the Arts & Humanities
Massey College
The Barbara Moon Editorial Fellowship
in association with the Health, Arts & Humanities Program, University of Toronto
Slipping Up:
A Panel Discussion on Editing and Error in Medicine and Literature
featuring Liam Durcan, Sholom Glouberman, and Martha Kanya-Forstner

Moderated by Damian Tarnopolsky, the Barbara Moon/Ars Medica Editorial Fellow

We all make mistakes – what do we do when things go wrong?

“Slipping Up” explores how writers and editors, and physicians and patients, experience, think about and respond to error. In this panel, three speakers who move between literary and medical worlds will examine how and where writers falter and how editors help them, and discuss the nature of medical error as experienced by both physicians and patients. They will explore what literary approaches to the text have to offer medical practice, and what medical approaches to error have to offer the humanities. Finally, they will consider the unspoken, governing assumptions about perfection and failure that underlie our efforts to heal a patient or make a better book – and ask how we can all get better at making things better.

Dr. Liam Durcan is Neurologist-in-Chief at the McGill University Health Centre and an Assistant Professor of Neurology at McGill University. He is the author of the acclaimed novel Garcia’s Heart, which won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel, and was longlisted for the IMPAC Award.

Sholom Glouberman, Ph.D., is Philosopher in Residence at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care and President of Patients Canada, a patient-led, patient-governed organization dedicated to bringing the patient voice to healthcare. He has been a health system adviser in Canada and the UK, and is the author of My Operation.

Martha Kanya-Forstner has been an editor for Doubleday Canada for fifteen years. In that time she has edited both fiction and non-fiction, and has worked with some of Canada’s most admired and respected writers, including Dr. James Orbinski, Dr. James Maskalyk, Dr. Vincent Lam, Michael Crummey, Nino Ricci, Wayson Choy and Camilla Gibb.