CORVALLIS, Ore. - A clinical professor of surgery from the Yale School of Medicine will give a free public lecture at Oregon State University on how physicians, and health care in general, have been depicted throughout history.

The illustrated lecture by Dr. Sherwin B. Nuland begins at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 8, at LaSells Stewart Center's Construction and Engineering Auditorium.

Nuland's talk, "The Artist Observes the Doctor: Half a Millennium of Scrutiny," will use paintings, portraits, illuminated manuscripts, textbook illustrations and other forms to illustrate the ways artists have depicted physicians and their activities. In such ways, a great deal is revealed about the growth of medicine from perhaps the 14th century until modern times.

In addition to being a medical doctor, Nuland serves on the executive committee of Yale's Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics and is a member of the board of directors of the Hastings Center, the nation's first bioethics think tank. He was a founding member of the bioethics committee of the Yale-New Haven Hospital, serving from 1986 to 2000.

Nuland is the author of many books, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist and National Book Award winner "How We Die."

The event is sponsored by the Oregon State Hundere Endowment in Religion and Culture, The Horning Endowment in the Humanities, and the OSU Office of Student Affairs.

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Courtney Campbell, 541-737-6196