Dr. Dora Calott Wang is the featured speaker at the School of Medicine Authors Event where she will hold a discussion and signing of her new book, The Kitchen Shrink: A Psychiatrist's Reflection on Healing in a Changing World. The event will be held on Wednesday, July 21 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Medical Legal bookstore located in the Domenici Education Center on UNM's north campus.

Wang writes and speaks compassionately about her experiences as a physician, more specifically as a psychiatrist, about the tragic changes in the American medical system. The changes, as she describes, began with government support for private insurance companies insertion in health care driven by a profit motive (i.e. deny payments).

The expected outcome was that many caring physicians, such as Wang, were pushed out of the field or forced to practice in systems where profit needs proceeded patient needs. In spite of Obama's recent health care policy changes, this point of view still prevails.

Colleagues and authors, David Sklar, "La Clinica: A Doctors's Journey Across Borders" and Frank Huyler, "Right of Thirst," will also be present and available to sign their most current works.

School of Medicine Authors Event is part of the UNM Medical School's week long orientation.

Contact Julie Archer at 505-277-0408 or jarcher@unm.edu for more information.