Medicine Unboxed is a project which looks to engage the public and healthcare professionals jointly, on a view of medicine that is necessarily more than the technical – one informed by the humanities and demanding an appraisal of patient experience, clinical ethics and the goals of medicine. We see that a dialogue around the goals of medicine and criterion for ‘good’ medicine between the public and NHS as overdue and pressing. We think Medicine Unboxed can provide a route into that dialogue through the arts, whilst being unabashedly ethical and political in our aspirations.

This year’s event – ‘Medicine & Values’ is on Saturday 15th October at Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham. The programme is below and registrations can be done online.


09.00 Coffee
09.20 – 09.30 Introduction and chair Sam Guglani
09.30 – 10.00 Facts and values in medicine Ray Tallis
10.00 – 11.00 Patients, medicine and values Ray Tallis, Havi Carel & Tom Isaacs
11.00 – 11.25  Coffee
11.25 – 11.50 An epidemic of loneliness Ishani Kar-Purkayastha
11.50 – 13.15 The window of literature  John Carey, Jo Shapcott, Michael Arditti & Paul Bailey
13.15 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 14.50 Ethics and Law: a debate  Sheila McLean & Richard Huxtable
14.50 – 15.35 The price of life Adam Wishart
15.35 – 16.00 Coffee
16.00 – 16.45 So much for that Lionel Shriver
16.45 – 17.30 Treatment, medicine and compassion John Bell
17.30  Close  Drinks reception


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