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Wofford offers Complementary, Alternative Medicine Series

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Programs to focus on understanding non-conventional medicine 

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College will hold a series of programs aimed at broadening the understanding of non-conventional medicine and ongoing changes in healthcare.

The Complementary and Alternative Medicine Series begins at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, with a presentation by Dr. Susan Sered, a senior research associate in the Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights at Suffolk University, titled “Holistic Sickening: Breast Cancer and the Discursive Worlds of Complementary and Alternative Practitioners.”  The free program, which is open to the public, will be held in McMillan Theater in the Raines Center on Wofford’s campus.

Sered works across disciplinary boundaries in the fields of medical anthropology, religious studies, and gender studies.  Among her many notable publications are “Uninsured in America: Life and Death in the Land of Opportunity” (2005); “Religion and Healing in America” (2004); “What makes Women Sick?: Militarism, Maternity and Modesty in Israeli Society” (2000) and “Women of the Sacred Groves: Divine Priestesses of Okinawa” (Oxford University Press, 1999).

The series will continue with programs on March 29 and April 19, both at 3:30 p.m. in the Olin Teaching Theater.  Both are free and open to the public.

On March 29, five complementary and alternative medicine practitioners will participate in a panel discussion of their modalities and underlying philosophies.  The participants represent modalities practiced in this region: a midwife, an acupuncturist, an herbalist, a yoga therapist, and a Barbara Brennan healer.

Dr. Suzanne Bertisch, a research fellow of medicine in the Harvard Medical School’s Osher Institute, will lecture on medical pluralism and discuss her research on integrative medicine as well as her biography as an MD and MPH student during the April 19 program.  Bertisch is a primary care doctor at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and at the Marino Center for Progressive health.  She conducts research on mind-body medicine, the placebo response and dietary supplements.  She is formally trained in acupuncture, reiki and nutrition.  She will receive an MPH from Harvard School of Public Health in June.

The series is being headed by Dr. Cynthia Fowler, assistant professor of sociology at Wofford.