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"The Artist Looks at the Doctor: A Millenium of Observations"


Allentown, PA (February 17, 2005) - Dr. Sherwin Nuland, the best-selling author of "How We Die," returns to Cedar Crest College with "The Artist Looks at the Doctor: A Millennium of Observations" on Thursday, March 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the Samuels Theatre. In his talk, Nuland will look at the connection between art and science and the western concept of "imaging." Dr. Nuland received an honorary doctorate of public service from Cedar Crest College in November 1996.

Physician, surgeon, teacher, medical historian and best selling author, Sherwin Nuland continues to enlighten audiences with his research, scholarship, philosophy and vision on the future of medicine. In January, Dr. Nuland spent two weeks in Sri Lanka, one of the countries affected by the tsunami, as part of a seven-member group that included personnel from Yale-New Haven, Griffin and St. Mary's hospitals, the School of Medicine and the School of Public Health.

His most recent book, "The Doctors' Plague: Germs, Childbed Fever, and the Strange Story of Ignac Semmelweis" (2004), is part of the "Great Discoveries" series, which brings together renowned writers from diverse backgrounds to tell the stories of crucial scientific breakthroughs. In 2000 he published "Leonardo da Vinci", which completed Nuland's twenty year quest to understand an unlettered man who was painter, architect, engineer, philosopher, mathematician, and scientist.

Dr. Nuland has been teaching at Yale School of Medicine since 1962 and currently holds the title of Clinical Professor of Surgery. His most important and personally fulfilling work was spent administering care to 10,000 men and women who became his patients over the course of three decades. In recognition of his contributions to those men and women, he was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

In the fall of 1999, Dr. Nuland participated in a 13 part PBS series on "American Thinkers" in which a rich list of contemporary scholars discussed all aspects of life. In 1988, Nuland completed Doctors: the Biography of Medicine, a story of the profession told through the biographies of 14 of its most prominent contributors.

Since then, he has continued to write feature pieces for The New Yorker, Time, Life, National Geographic, Discover, The New Republic, New York Review of Books, New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times and several other periodicals for all readers. He writes a regular column for The American Scholar, serves as Literary Editor for Connecticut Medicine, and is Chairman of the Board of Managers of the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences.

Dr. Nuland's monumentally successful book, "How We Die", was published in 1994. A reflection on the modern way of death, "How We Die" was on the New York Times bestseller list for 34 weeks, with more than a half million copies sold in countries throughout the world having been translated into 16 languages. It won that year's National Book Award and was a finalist for the 1995 Pulitzer Prize and Book Critics Circle Award.

In 1997, "The Wisdom of the Body, or How We Live" (paperback), was published. This book grew out of Dr. Nuland's interests in history, human biology, ethics and the nature of humanity. For over twenty years, Dr. Nuland has closely followed the emerging field of biomedical ethics, undertaking a wide ranging study of all the relevant preoccupations and relating them to the rapidly changing world of medicine. "The Mysteries Within: The Surgeon Reflects on Medical Myths" is a study and exploration of the way early societies, influenced by local myth, religion and superstition, viewed our internal organs.

Dr. Nuland is also the author of the National Geographic publication, "Incredible Voyage: Exploring the Human Body" (1998), as well as "Romance, Poetry, and Surgical Sleep" (1995) and "Medicine: The Art of Healing" (1992).

Dr. Nuland's presentation is free and open to the public but tickets are required. For more information please contact the Special Events Hotline at 610-740-3791.



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