Humanities First Fridays continue with lecture by John Neely

Since the dawn of time, people have told each other stories. As researched by the comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell, stories often are in the form of the hero’s journey -- a trial, descent into the wilderness, and triumphant return. Illness is often thought of as a journey and sometimes presented as a heroic venture. As healers it is helpful to understand these deep-seated stories and how they influence our patient’s view of their journey.

At noon on March 5, in lecture room A, John Neely, professor of pediatrics, humanities and family and community medicine at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, will deliver this month's First Friday lecture. Neely will explore, through film clips, the basic heroic archetypes found in a hero’s journey story: sovereign, warrior, lover and magician. These will be correlated to modern medical care and healing strategies. The concept of viewing your patients within a constantly evolving energy-matter field of illness and wellness will be explored.

This event is sponsored by the Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine.

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Last Updated February 24, 2010