Caregiving is a moral and emotional experience at the root of human life. It is also an aspect of our healthcare system that is being lost. Global health expert and Harvard professor Arthur Kleinman gives a special lecture on the importance of caregiving, and how social work represents that part of the healthcare system where caregiving still matters.


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Arthur Kleinman is an American psychiatrist and a professor of medical anthropology and psychiatry at Harvard University. Well known for his work on mental illness in Chinese culture, he is a leading figure in several fields, including medical anthropology, cultural psychiatry, global health, social medicine, and medical humanities.

Prof. Kleinman’s numerous publications have included works on social suffering, mental health, stigma, depression, chronic pain, moral experience, and caregiving. He has published six single authored books including Patients and Healers in the Context of CultureSocial Origins of Distress and Disease: Depression, Neurasthenia and Pain in Modern China; Rethinking Psychiatry; The Illness NarrativesWriting at the Margin; and What Really Matters. He has recently co-authored A Passion for Society: How We Think about Human Suffering. He is currently writing a book on caregiving based on his numerous articles in the Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine and other venues.