The new wave of holistic care is the topic of March 23 lecture

Complementary and alternative medicine has often been considered part of a new wave of holistic care. But it’s important to understand that many of today's "alternative" treatments were yesterday's "standard" remedies. Such claims are especially true of botanicals. The 2010-11 Hershey Lecture in the History of Medicine will focus on “An Eclectic Legacy: The Historical Contributions of the American Botanical Medical Movement to Complementary and Alternative Medicine” and will show how the old is indeed becoming new again as history is being enlisted into current research and drug discovery.

The lecture is presented by Michael Flannery, professor of history of medicine and associate director for the Historical Collections Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham. It will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. on March 23, in the anteroom of the Junker Auditorium on the campus of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine. Refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m.

This lecture is free and open to the public. No registration is needed. For more information, contact the Department of Humanities at 717-531-8778.

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Last Updated March 16, 2011