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Kleinman To Give Second CAM Lecture

By Laura Anthony

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practices have gained popularity throughout the world. At the same time, biomedicine has also spread to all regions of the globe. How the convergence of these two approaches to medicine have affected the practice of health care will be the topic of the second lecture in the Distinguished Lectures in the Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine series, sponsored by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. On Thursday, Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, Dr. Arthur Kleinman, will speak on "The Global Transformation of Health Care: Cultural and Ethical Challenges to Medicine."

He will discuss the issues, influences and impact that CAM has had on biomedicine and vice versa as both have attained a global reach. He will examine the professional, regulatory and ethical issues that have presented themselves as a result. He will also review how the resulting changes in public attitudes have implications for the practice of medicine, health research and health care.


Dr. Arthur Kleinman

Kleinman is a leading figure in medical anthropology and social medicine and one of the world's foremost researchers in cross-cultural psychiatry and global mental health. He is professor of medical anthropology and psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and is also the Esther and Sidney Rabb professor of anthropology at Harvard University.

For nearly 35 years, Kleinman has studied the relationship between culture, illness and health care in Chinese and American societies. He cites the spread of Chinese medicine — including its philosophy and use of herbs, drugs, acupuncture, exercise and massage — to the West as an example of CAM's global growth. He has conducted research on somatization, depression, schizophrenia and suicide in Chinese society. Some of his best known published works are Patients and Healers in the Context of Culture, Rethinking Psychiatry and Social Origins of Distress and Disease: Neurasthenia, Depression and Pain in Modern China.

Kleinman has received numerous awards and recognition for his work. He received an honorary doctorate of science from York University in Canada; he was the winner of the Wellcome Prize of the Royal Anthropological Institute; and he was the recipient of the highest honor, the Franz Boas award, from the American Anthropological Association in 2001. From 1991 until 2000, he chaired Harvard's department of social medicine. He has also held numerous responsibilities on national and international levels, including co-chairing the Conference on Stigma for NIH, and the Study on Suicide for the National Academies' Institute of Medicine. In 2001, he was vice chair of the Commission on Global Psychiatry for the American Psychiatric Association.

Members of the NIH community and the public are invited to attend. The lecture will also be webcast on http://videocast.nih.gov. For reasonable accommodation, call Valeria West, 402-9686.


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