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LILRC Hospital Library Services Program (HLSP) 3rd Annual Conference

December 1, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm



9:30 – Coffee and Registration

10:00 – Keynote Speech

12:00 – Lunch (Included with registration)

1:00 – Tour of Stony Brook University’s Special Collections, University Archives, and Newly Renovated North Reading and Central Reading Rooms

2:30 – Program Ends

Keynote: “Nuisance or Necessity? Historical Perspectives on the ‘Informed’ Patient.”
Keynote Speaker: Professor Nancy Tomes, Stony Brook University

Today it is widely accepted that patients need to be more actively engaged in their own treatment, but the extent to which they can and should participate in medical decision making is a matter of debate.  In particular, the “Medical Googler” who arrives at the doctor’s office with information acquired from the Internet may be greeted with suspicion.  In this talk, historian Nancy Tomes will put current debates over these “e-patients” into historical perspective.   Drawing from her book, Remaking the American Patient: How Madison Avenue and Modern Medicine Turned Patients into Consumers  (University of North Carolina Press, 2016),  she will show that the fundamental issues involved in today’s debates over how patients use the Internet are by no means new.   She will explore the long term factors that have generated patients’ search for information and conclude with some reflections on what history can teach us about the present and future prospects for digital forms of patient engagement.

Free for HLSP Participants!

CEU credits will be earned!

Registration forms can be downloaded here




December 1, 2017
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Mark Navins, Special Projects Librarian
(631) 675-1570 x:207


Member Fee
Nonmember Fee
Retired Member/Student/Unemployed
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No Charge
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Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794 United States + Google Map
(631) 632-6000