Sept. 26, 2008
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Prestigious medical journal publishes Rock graduate's article
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Ellen Foster, a graduate of Slippery Rock University's master of arts in English program, has seen her article about the cancer-patient play and movie "Wit" published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The annals, one of the most prestigious medical journals in the world, is read by physicians worldwide.
"A Rigorous Mind Meets Her Yielding Body: Intellectual Life and Meaning Making in Wit," examines the intellectual, professional and personal decisions doctors and patients make as they come to terms with a terminal illness.
"My own experiences as an English professor and a cancer survivor, as well as someone who has family and friends who have had cancer, do inform my reading and appreciation of 'Wit,' but one doesn't have to have had those experiences to appreciate the human struggle of cancer," said Foster, who taught English at SRU from 2001-2004 after graduating in 1992 and currently teaches at Clarion University.
"Wit," a Pulitzer-prize winning play by Margaret Edson, delves into the relationship between doctor and patient when an English professor is diagnosed with late-stage ovarian cancer.
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