Pre-games, previvors, and pre-death: My TEDMED talk on what medicine can learn from Moneyball
In April, I was given the chance to speak at TEDMED 2012, a remarkable gathering of health care leaders, patients, and entertainers, among others, in Washington, DC. It was, as my friend Scott Hensley of NPR put it:
…a way for people who care a lot about health care to get together and make some headway on thorny problems.
In other words:
The smart kids from the cafeteria have grown up and become cool, a geeky kind of cool.
In short, it was a non-stop smorgasbord of ideas, inside and outside of the Kennedy Center auditorium.
TEDMED has just posted the video of my talk, which you can watch below (post continues afterward):
I was very pleased that a number of blogs and news outlets broadened the discussion by writing about the talk. Here’s a sampling:
- Addiction Inbox, “Ivan Oransky on the disease model at TEDMED 2012“
- The Atlantic online, “The preposterous epidemic of pre-diseases“
- The Irish Times, “We all have a fatal condition: it’s pre-death“
- NPR’s Shots blog, “TEDMED takes its big health tent to Washington“
- Scientific American online, “TEDMED: Tougher topics to chew on“
- Time online, “How the power of self identity affects your health“
I’m asked to speak on medical journalism and scientific integrity frequently, but giving a TEDMED talk is something quite different. The format requires a different level of preparation, and TEDMED’s high standards push speakers out of their comfort zones in a really good way. I’m grateful to TEDMED’s Marc Benerofe, Lindsay Potter, Lisa Shufro, Jay Walker, and Marcus Webb for the opportunity, and for sage advice as I crafted my talk. And I also want to thank Denise Graveline, whose advice and suggestions were invaluable, as always.
I look forward to more conversation, and feedback.
Please see a new post on this subject, in response to criticism from FORCE, the group that coined the term “previvor.”