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MIT Reads: Together, The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World: Home

This guide is intended to serve as a companion to the book Together. It provides resources and further information about the author and themes covered in the book.

From the Book

"This pandemic isn’t the first and won’t be the last time our social connections are tested, but it is rare for the whole world to face such a grave challenge simultaneously. For all our differences, our shared experience is itself a bond. We will have this memory in common for the rest of our lives. And if we learn from this moment to be better together, we won’t just endure this crisis. We will thrive."


"As neighbors and communities, we need to learn how to hold on to that spirit of mutual concern and service even when the crisis is not so obvious. We must resist the tendency to slip back into our separate preoccupations after neighborhood dramas subside. Community can be a vital resource not just in moments of public anxiety but in quiet, private times of need, too."

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The Author


Dr. Vivek Murthy served as the 19th and 21st Surgeon General of the United States from December 15, 2014 to April 21, 2017. As America’s Doctor, he called the nation’s attention to critical public health issues including the opioid  epidemic, e-cigarettes, and emotional health and wellbeing. As the Vice Admiral of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, he oversaw a uniformed service of 6,600 officers dedicated to safeguarding the health of the nation. Prior to serving in government, he conducted research on vaccine development and clinical trial participation and founded several organizations focused on HIV/AIDS education, rural health, physician advocacy, and clinical trial optimization. He received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard and his M.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Yale. He completed his internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School where he later joined the faculty. Dr. Murthy resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Dr. Alice Chen, and their two children.


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