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Pop-up: Patricia Kullberg

Sat, Nov 11, 2017 from 3:45 pm - 4:00 pm PST
1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Portland local, Patricia Kullberg, pops-up with her recent work of nonfiction, On the Ragged Edge of Medicine: Doctoring Among the Dispossessed

Kullberg is paired with In Lower New York by Jerome Myers; found in the American Art, floor 2, gallery 207. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location.


On the Ragged Edge of Medicine offers a glimpse into a medical practice for the homeless and urban poor. Told through fifteen patient vignettes, and drawn from the author’s decades of experience in Portland, Oregon, this revealing memoir illuminates the impact of poverty on the delivery of health services and the ways in which people adapt and survive (or don’t survive) in conditions of abuse and deprivation. Kullberg’s stories show the direct and sometimes devastating effects of poverty on public health, poignantly demonstrating that medicine is as much a social enterprise as a scientific one.

Patricia Kullberg

Patricia Kullberg served for more than two decades as Medical Director at the Multnomah County Health Department and as a primary care doctor for persons living with physical, mental and addiction disorders. She has written award-winning articles about health and medicine, and in 2015 published a novel Girl in the River. Her most recent book is On the Ragged Edge of Medicine. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon and facilitates writing workshops for incarcerated women through Write Around Portland and is a volunteer radio engineer for community radio station, KBOO.
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