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The art of medicine: the humanistic care of a person with stroke

Message from Medical Ethics and Humanities Unit

The art of medicine: the humanistic care of a person with stroke

Guest Seminar given by

Dr Joseph Kwan

Clinical Associate Professor in Geriatric Medicine (Honorary Consultant)
MRCP and PACES examiner (UK)


What is it like to have a stroke? To suddenly lose the function of the body, mind, communication and freedom, the person undergoes catastrophic physical and psychological trauma. The good news is that many do get better, but the prognosis can be variable. However, when they lose hope and feel that this state could be permanent, some people regard this as worse than dying, and react in unexpected ways. As clinicians, when we try to imagine and understand what it is like to have a stroke, then we can begin to understand what the patient and family are going through, and how we can better care for the person in front of us. In my talk, I aim to help us think about how we can treat people with empathy, compassion and hope, and ensuring that they receive the dignity and respect that they deserve – the art of medicine.

Seminar Details:

Date: May 7, 2014 (Wednesday)
Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Venue: Mrs Chen Yang Foo Oi Telemedicine Centre
2/F, Room A2-08, William M.W. Mong Block, Faculty of Medicine Building
21 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam

Sandwiches will be provided. Please register at
All are welcome!!!

For any enquiry, please contact Mr Abel Lau at