Evening Ethics: Lightning Flowers by Katherine Standefer

Sep 14, 2021, 7:00 pm

What if a lifesaving medical device causes loss of life along its supply chain? That's the question Katherine E. Standefer finds herself asking one night after being suddenly shocked by her implanted cardiac defibrillator. In this gripping, intimate memoir, Standefer tells the story of her troubled relationship to her own ICD, from her harrowing experience in the American healthcare system to her global journey to the mines and factories where the minerals in her device may have originated.

Join us for a conversation with Katherine E. Standefer about the ethics behind medical technology. Zoom link to be provided soon.

Deeply personal and sharply reported, Lightning Flowers takes a hard look at technological mythos, healthcare, and our cultural relationship to death, raising important questions about our obligations to one another, and the cost of saving one life.

This event is made possible with the support from Utah Humanities, The King's English, and The Program in Medical Ethics and Humanities at the University of Utah School of Medicine as part of the Evening Ethics Discussion Regularly Scheduled Series.

Accreditation: The University of Utah School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit: The University of Utah School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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