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NCCAM will hold the inaugural lecture of the Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Dr. Sherwin B. Nuland, clinical professor of surgery at Yale University and distinguished author, will present the first lecture “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.”
Sherwin B. Nuland, M.D. is clinical professor of surgery at the Yale School of Medicine and a member of the executive committee of Yale's Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics. He serves as research affiliate in the Program for the History of Science and Medicine and as a fellow of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies.
Dr. Nuland is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science and New York University. In 1955, he received his medical degree from Yale University and went on to complete his surgical training at the Yale-New Haven Medical Center.
Dr. Nuland has treated more than 10,000 patients during his 30 years as a practicing surgeon. It was Dr. Nuland’s position as the chairman of the Yale-China Association medical committee that enabled him to make observations
about the techniques and results of surgical acupuncture.
A noted author, Dr. Nuland has written 11 books relating to medicine, including The New York Times bestseller and National Book Award winning How We Die, as well as The Uncertain Art: Thoughts on a Life in Medicine. He has also written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New Republic, Time, and the New York Review of Books. The Soul of Medicine, Dr. Nuland’s most recent contribution to the literary world, is set to be released April 2009.
This is the first lecture in a series established in honor of Dr. Stephen E. Straus, founding director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and an internationally recognized clinician-scientist, who died in 2007. The series brings leading figures in science and medicine to the NIH to speak about their perspective on the field of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). The lectures shed light on the evolution of CAM practice and research, and the current use of CAM by the public.
Chinese medicine, western science, and acupuncture / Sherwin B. Nuland.
Nuland, Sherwin B. National Institutes of Health (U.S.)
Acupuncture Therapy Anesthesia--methods Medicine Medicine, Chinese Traditional Western World