Mr. Mann is available to speak on a number of subjects to a variety of audiences, from medical conferences and CME meetings to environmental meetings to students interested in medical journalism.
WHY I LOVE TALKING TO DOCTORS
Thirty years ago, it was with some apprehension that Mr. Mann visited his mentor, literary biographer Leon Edel, and informed the legendary scholar that he had left the PhD program at the graduate school he had been attending and was now writing about medicine. A 20-year veteran of journalism himself, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Henry James biographer listened, then said, "The medical world must be fascinating." It was and continues to be so.
Where literary scholars may argue for decades whether T. S. Eliot’s "The Waste Land" is a personal statement or a commentary on his time—it is, in fact, a combination of the two—an entire field of medicine can come to a state of enlightenment in a moment when someone like Australian Nobel Laureate Barry Marshall proves to the world that the H-pylori bacteria is the culprit behind all peptic ulcer disease, which now can be cured with a course of antibiotics.
What Mr. Mann loves about talking to doctors is that every doctor he has talked to over the past three decades has had a compelling story to tell. And more often than not, they have been filled with the excitement of discovery. "There aren’t many fields in journalism where this is true," he says.
In this talk, Mr. Mann brings 30 years of scintillating anecdotes and bits of wisdom he has picked up along the way to show physicians what it is like on the other side of the fence; how the nation's leading news publications, like Time, choose and pursue their medical stories, and how physicians can best relate to the Fourth Estate.