Rosenberg To Give Inaugural NCCAM Series Lecture
Dr. Charles E. Rosenberg, a medical historian who is both professor of the history of science and Ernest E. Monrad professor in the social sciences at Harvard University, will speak on "Alternative to What? Complementary to Whom? On Some Aspects of Medicine's Scientific Identity," at 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 18 in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. His talk launches a new lecture series at NIH, Distinguished Lectures in the Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Rosenberg will provide a historical context for understanding CAM by discussing the roots of CAM and Western medicine, and examining the changing scientific identity of medicine over time. According to Rosenberg, much of the controversy surrounding what is now called complementary and alternative medicine can be understood in terms of CAM's historical context.
He has written widely on the history of medicine and science, including Cholera Years: The United States in 1832, 1849, and 1866; No Other Gods: On Science and American Social Thought; and Explaining Epidemics. He is now at work on a history of conceptions of disease during the past two centuries.
Rosenberg has received many awards, including the William H. Welch Medal of the American Association for the History of Medicine and the George Sarton Medal (for lifetime achievement) from the History of Science Society. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
Members of the NIH community and public are invited to hear the lecture. For more information visit www.nccam.nih.gov/news/lectures. For reasonable accommodation, contact Valeria West at 402-9686.
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