Thursday, October 29 at 7:00PM
VRX: HOW VIRTUAL THERAPEUTICS WILL REVOLUTIONIZE MEDICINE
by DR. BRENNAN SPIEGEL
in conversation with TOM NORRIS
Local author, Director of Research at Cedars-Sinai, and a UCLA professor, Dr. Brennan Spiegel unveils the groundbreaking potential of virtual medicine.
Brennan Spiegel has spent years studying the medical power of the mind, and in VRx he reveals a revolutionary new kind of care: virtual medicine. It offers the possibility of treating illnesses without solely relying on intrusive surgeries or addictive opioids.
Virtual medicine works by convincing your body that it's somewhere, or something, it isn't. It's affordable, widely available, and has already proved effective against everything from burn injuries to stroke to PTSD. Spiegel shows how a simple VR headset lets a patient with schizophrenia confront the demon in his head, how dementia patients regain function in a life-size virtual town, and how vivid simulations of patients' experiences are making doctors more empathic.
VRx is a revelatory account of the connection between our bodies and ourselves. In an age of overmedication and depersonalized care, it offers no less than a new way to heal.