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San Francisco

The Unspeakable Mind: Stories of Trauma and Healing from the Frontlines of PTSD Science

Shaili Jain, in conversation with Louise Aronson, will share nuanced cartography of PTSD, a widely misunderstood yet crushing condition that afflicts millions of Americans. Jain's new book, The Unspeakable Mind, is the definitive guide for a trauma-burdened age. With profound empathy and meticulous research, Jain—a practicing psychiatrist and PTSD specialist at one of America’s top VA hospitals; trauma scientist at the National Center for PTSD; and a Stanford professor—shines a long overdue light on the PTSD epidemic affecting today’s fractured world. Post-traumatic stress disorder goes far beyond the horrors of war, and it is an inescapable part of all our lives. At any given moment, more than six million Americans are suffering with PTSD. Jain’s groundbreaking work demonstrates the ways this disorder cuts to the heart of life, interfering with one’s capacity to love, create and work—incapacity brought on by a complex interplay between biology, genetics and environment. Beyond the struggles of individuals, PTSD has a tangible imprint on cultures and societies around the world. 

MLF Organizer Name
Patty James

MLF: Health & Medicine

Aronson photo by Anna Kuperberg

All ticket sales are final and nonrefundable.

Tue, Sep 24 / 6:00 pm

The Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero
Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium
San Francisco, 94105
United States

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Shaili Jain, M.D.
Psychiatrist; PTSD Specialist; Medical Director for Integrated Care, VA Palo Alto Healthcare System; Author, The Unspeakable Mind
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Louise Aronson, M.D., MFA
Geriatrician; Writer; Professor of Medicine, UC San Francisco; Contributor, The New York Times and The New England Journal of Medicine; Author, Elderhood and A History of the Present Illness

5:30 p.m. check-in
6 p.m. program