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End-of-Life Matters: Cultural Representations through the Entertainment Arts

The Institute of Medicine 2012 Rosenthal Lecture focused on how the language of the entertainment arts informs our cultural understanding of end-of-life care. Through the screening of clips from the film Beginners and television medical dramas, and a live theatrical performance reading from Sophocles’ Philoctetes, the Rosenthal Lecture panelists explored the various ways the entertainment arts can provide a platform for an engaging and compelling conversation about end-of-life. The panel approached the conversation through the lens of the patient, the family, the provider, and the community. The recorded video sessions of “End-of-Life Matters: Cultural Representations through the Entertainment Arts” are available at

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