February 2009 >
NCCAM Lecture: "Chinese Medicine, Western Science, and
"Chinese Medicine, Western Science, and Acupuncture"
On Tuesday, March 10, the National Center for
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at the National
Institutes of Health (NIH) will hold the inaugural Stephen E. Straus
Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary and Alternative
Medicine. The lecture will feature Dr. Sherwin Nuland, Professor of
Surgery at Yale School of Medicine discussing “Chinese Medicine, Western
Science, and Acupuncture.” During visits to China, Nuland observed major
surgery done with no anesthesia, aided by acupuncture. In the Straus
lecture, he will describe these operations and tell of his experience.
In his recent book, “The Uncertain Art”, Nuland wrote "the basis of
acupuncture's practical usefulness, even in the operating room, has
still not been explained in terms acceptable to most orthodox Western
scientists using orthodox Western investigative methods ... The
effectiveness of correctly applied acupuncture is not our only evidence
that there are undeniable phenomena that cannot ...be explained by the
investigational methods of today's biomedical science."
The lecture will take place from 2:30 to 4:00 pm (ET)
in Masur Auditorium in the Clinical Center (10 Center Drive), NIH,
Bethesda, Maryland. You can also view it on the Web at
Sign language interpretation will be provided. For other reasonable
accommodation or more information, visit
www.nccam.nih.gov or contact
Karen Davison at (301) 348-1606, or
firstname.lastname@example.org. This event
is free and open to the public.