Series on ‘Medical Ethics and the Holocaust’ begins Sept. 18

San Antonio (Sept. 14, 2007) – The Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is pleased to present a series of compelling telecasts titled “Medical Ethics and the Holocaust.”

The 16-part series is a project of Holocaust Museum Houston, which has the stated mission of educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims, and honoring the survivors’ legacy. “Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, we teach the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy,” the museum’s Web site reads.

The first lecture begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, in lecture hall 3.102 at the Health Science Center, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive. The lecture hall is near the Dolph Briscoe Jr. Library.

The telecasts are free and open to the public. Parking for the public is in a visitor pay lot that is free after 5:30 p.m.

The series continues at 6 p.m. Tuesdays from Sept. 25 to Dec. 11 in Lecture Hall 3.104, which is also near the Briscoe Library. The last two telecasts are at 6 p.m. Monday, January 7, and 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. The site for those telecasts is to be determined.

On Sept. 18, Arthur Caplan, Ph.D., of the University of Pennsylvania, will comment on the question “Why Is It So Hard to Learn the Ethical Lessons of the Holocaust?” On Sept. 25, Leon Kass, M.D., Ph.D., of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy, will discuss “A More Perfect Human: The Promise and the Peril of Modern Science.”

On Oct. 2, investigative author Edwin Black, whose work focuses on genocide and hate, will speak on “From Long Island to Auschwitz,” and Sandra Carson, M.D., of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, will speak on “Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis.”

The public is encouraged to attend this major series. Details on all the lectures are available at the Holocaust Museum Houston Web site, www.hmh.org/medethics. At that site, the series is also called the Dr. Michael E. DeBakey Medical Ethics Lecture Series. Another sponsor on the joint telecast project is The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

For more information, call Amanda Evrard at the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics, (210) 567-0821.

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The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is the leading research institution in South Texas and one of the major health sciences universities in the world. With an operating budget of $536 million, the Health Science Center is the chief catalyst for the $14.3 billion biosciences and health care sector in San Antonio’s economy. The Health Science Center has had an estimated $35 billion impact on the region since inception and has expanded to six campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. More than 22,000 graduates (physicians, dentists, nurses, scientists and allied health professionals) serve in their fields, including many in Texas. Health Science Center faculty are international leaders in cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, aging, stroke prevention, kidney disease, orthopaedics, research imaging, transplant surgery, psychiatry and clinical neurosciences, pain management, genetics, nursing, allied health, dentistry and many other fields.



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