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Vol. LXVII, No. 9
April 24, 2015

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Two To Give NCCIH Straus Lecture

From left, Dr. Pamela Hartzband and Dr. Jerome Groopman

Photo: Shelly Harrison

On May 11 at 10 a.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health will hold the sixth annual Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary Health Therapies. Speakers Dr. Jerome Groopman, the Dina and Raphael Recanati chair of medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of experimental medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Dr. Pamela Hartzband, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and attending physician in the division of endocrinology at Beth Israel, will present “When Experts Disagree: The Art of Medical Decision Making.”

The husband-and-wife team will present a new way to make the best medical decisions. They reveal that each of us has a “medical mind,” a highly individual approach to weighing the risks and benefits of treatment. To ascertain our unique medical minds, they will present probing questions. Are you a minimalist or a maximalist, a believer or a doubter, do you look for natural healing or the latest technology?

Groopman and Hartzband will explain how pitfalls in thinking and the way statistics are presented in pharmaceutical advertisements, the news media and even scientific reports can mislead all of us.

The lecture series was established in honor of Straus, founding director of NCCAM (now NCCIH) and an internationally recognized clinician-scientist. Under his leadership, research on complementary health grew threefold.

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