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Leading Medical Anthropologist to Speak at NCCAM's Distinguished Lecture Series

For Immediate Release:

Wednesday, October 30, 2002


NCCAM Press Office, 301-496-7790


On November 7, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) will host the second of its Distinguished Lectures in the Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.


The lecture will take place Thursday, November 7, at 10:00 a.m. in Masur Auditorium at the Clinical Center (Building 10) on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The event is free and open to the public, and will be videocast live at


The November 7 lecture, entitled “The Global Transformation of Health Care: Cultural and Ethical Challenges to Medicine,” will be presented by Dr. Arthur Kleinman, professor of anthropology at Harvard University, and professor of medical anthropology and psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kleinman is a leader in medical anthropology and social medicine and one of the world’s foremost researchers in cross-cultural psychiatry and global mental health. He will discuss complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in a global and evolutionary context, examining the impact that CAM has had on biomedicine and vice versa, as both have achieved global reach. His talk will also focus on changing public attitudes toward CAM and its implications for the practice of medicine, health research and health care.

For reasonable accommodations, please contact Valeria West at 301-402-9686.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine’s mission is to define, through rigorous scientific investigation, the usefulness and safety of complementary and alternative medicine interventions and their roles in improving health and health care. For additional information, call NCCAM’s Clearinghouse toll free at 1-888-644-6226, or visit the NCCAM Web site at Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.