September 4 – 14, 2014

This year’s theme is The End of Healing. Participants will discuss literary and scientific works regarding health and healing and consider how health systems and healers can best serve the true ends of healing today.

Florence, Italy (Photo: Sharon Bailey)

Florence, Italy (Photo: Sharon Bailey)

Tours will focus on how Italy’s culture, art, architecture, and agricultural practices reflect humankind’s longstanding pursuit of health and healing. Anyone interested in health is welcome. James E. Bailey, MD, MPH, University of Tennessee, Professor of Medicine, is Course Director.

After two nights in Florence, we will move to a beautifully restored farmhouse, Agriturismo Podere le Rodini (, located in Chianti near Montespertoli, which will serve as our home base for a week. Then our study tour will conclude with one night in Lucca, where we will attend the festival of the Luminara di Santa Croce and witness the devotional candlelit procession through the streets of the old town center. Italian arrangements by Tuscan Affairs (

This course is open to all interested persons.  CME and CEU credits will be offered in collaboration with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.  To learn more about the 2014 Search for the Healthy City or to register, download the Healthy City Study Tour 2014 brochure.  For more information go to our Facebook page or contact the Course Director, James E. Bailey, MD, MPH., (901) 448-2475.

Author: Jim Bailey