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February 3, 2009
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

New York Times’ personal health columnist Jane Brody to speak Feb. 18 at SUNY Upstate

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Jane Brody, the Personal Health columnist for the New York Times whose weekly offerings provide insight and often first-person accounts of how to live healthier lives, will present the Elizabeth Blackwell Day Lecture at SUNY Upstate Medical University Wednesday, Feb. 18.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will begin at noon in the Ninth Floor Auditorium of Weiskotten Hall, 766 Irving Ave.

Brody will discuss her new book, “Jane Brody’s Guide to the Great Beyond,” (Random House, 2009), which is billed as a practical primer in preparation for the end of life. Brody tackles a variety of issues, especially financial, legal and emotional that take on greater importance when preparing for the end of life. Brody will sign copies of her new book immediately following the presentation.

“It is important that we recognize and celebrate those who have paved the way for our successes today,” said Alyssa Williams, a second-year medical student and chair of the Elizabeth Blackwell Day Committee. “The first woman physician in America, Elizabeth Blackwell is certainly one of those people. As a distinguished author and columnist, Jane Brody exemplifies Elizabeth Blackwell’s legacy of innovation and leadership in a health field.”

In 1976 Brody became The Times’ Personal Health columnist. Her widely read and quoted column appears every Tuesday in The Times’ Science Times section and in more than 100 other newspapers around the country. In addition, her articles on other aspects of science and medicine appear in Tuesday’s Science Times from time to time. Brody has written ten books including the best-sellers Jane Brody’s Nutrition Book and Jane Brody’s Good Food Book.

Elizabeth Blackwell became the first women to receive a medical degree. She earned her doctor of medicine in 1849 from Geneva Medical College, which is today SUNY Upstate Medical University.

For more information on the Brody lecture, call 464-8668.

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