Published September 13, 2015

Brain trauma authority

Winslade ’63, author of ground-breaking book, to speak at alma mater
  • William Winslade ’63
Traumatic head injuries have become an area of broad interest and concern in recent years. The author of a ground-breaking book on that topic, Monmouth College graduate William Winslade, will return to his alma mater to speak to classes and present a free public lecture.   Titled “Electrifying the Brain: Electroconvulsive Therapy, Deep Brain Stimulation and the Electric Helmet,” Winslade’s lecture will be presented Sept. 17 at 4:30 p.m. in the Pattee Auditorium on the lower level of the Center for Science and Business.   Published in 1998, his book, “Confronting Traumatic Brain Injury” (Yale University Press), well predates the current concerns about concussion and its long-term consequences among student and professional athletes. Monmouth College’s athletic department is well aware of the concerns and has had a formal policy in place for several years for handling concussions.   A former Monmouth College trustee, Winslade received an honorary degree from his alma mater in 1990 and was inducted into its Hall of Achievement in 1997. He holds a named professorship at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, as well as academic appointments at the University of Houston and the University of Texas at Austin. His interests in medical humanities, ethics, traumatic brain injury, death and dying, and clinical research distinguish him as a scholar and intellectual force.   Winslade also holds a J.D. with honors from the law school of the University of California, Los Angeles, which equips him to address issues on the interfaces of medicine, law, ethics and the humanities. He has written extensively on patients’ rights, including planned death and assisted suicide for terminally ill patients and the right of the unconscious patient and the family. His work also includes rural geriatrics and bioethical issues in rural settings.
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