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Vol. LXI, No. 4
February 20, 2009
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Nuland To Give First Straus Lecture

Dr. Sherwin B. Nuland of Yale University
Dr. Sherwin B. Nuland of Yale University

On Tuesday, Mar. 10, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine will hold the inaugural Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Dr. Sherwin B. Nuland, author and clinical professor of surgery at Yale University, will speak on “Chinese Medicine, Western Science, and Acupuncture.”

Nuland has written numerous books including How We Die, which won the National Book Award. During visits to China, he observed major surgery being done with no anesthesia, aided by acupuncture. In this lecture, he will describe these operations and tell of his experience. In his recent book The Uncertain Art: Thoughts on a Life in Medicine, Nuland writes “…the basis of acupuncture’s practical usefulness, even in the operating room, has still not been explained in terms acceptable to most orthodox Western scientists using orthodox Western investigative methods.”

The lecture series was established in honor of Dr. Stephen E. Straus, founding director of NCCAM and an internationally recognized clinician-scientist, who died in 2007. “Steve created a legacy we are continuing to build upon,” said NCCAM director Dr. Josephine Briggs. “He advocated for the most rigorous scientific methods to study complementary and alternative medicine. A lecture series in his name is only fitting to honor the work of such a brilliant and extraordinary scientist.”

This event is one of several activities that will be held throughout 2009 to mark NCCAM’s 10th anniversary. It is supported by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health and the Bernard Osher Foundation. The lecture begins at 2:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, and is followed by a poster session and reception in the southeast patio. All are invited to attend. It will also be videocast on http://videocast.nih.gov. NIHRecord Icon

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