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March 23, 2004
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Celebrated British columnist and patient advocate to speak at SUNY Upstate March 31

British-born Katharine Whitehorn, a fellow of the Royal Academy of Medicine and the “doyenne of British columnists” who for more than 30 years wrote for the (London) Observer, will present “Different Countries, Different Myths: Perspectives on the Goals of Medicine” Wednesday, March 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Medical Alumni Auditorium of Weiskotten Hall. The lecture, sponsored by the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at SUNY Upstate Medical University, is free and open to the public.

In addition to her association with the Royal Academy of Medicine, Whitehorn served as vice president for the Patients Association, a United Kingdom charity that represents patients’ rights, and influences health policy. She also served as the first woman rector of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Whitehorn’s columns and writing cover the range from fashion to fascism, from plastic surgery in the United States to the status of women around the world to the communications skills of doctors. She currently writes the advice column, Dilemmas, for Saga magazine, dispensing information on relationships, and personal tribulations.

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