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“Our Ailing Health Care System: How to Fix It and How to Protect Your Health”: John Abramson, professor at Harvard Medical School, to speak April 1 at 7:30 p.m.; free and open to the public

LEXINGTON, Ky.—John Abramson will give a lecture titled “Our Ailing Health Care System: How to Fix It and How to Protect Your Health,” Thursday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Carrick Theater, located in the Mitchell Fine Arts center at Transylvania University. The lecture is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception and book signing.

Abramson has worked as a family doctor in Appalachia with the National Health Service Corps and for 20 years in Hamilton, Mass. He was a Robert Wood Johnson fellow and is currently on the clinical faculty at Harvard Medical School, where he teaches health policy. He served for seven years as chairman of the department of family practice at Lahey Clinic. He was twice voted best doctor in his area and three times selected as one among several of the best family physicians in Massachusetts.

Abramson is the author of “Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine,” published by HarperCollins in September 2004, with the third edition published in 2008. He has been published in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times and has made more than 65 appearances on national television, including two appearances on NBC’s “Today Show.” His academic publications include an article in The Lancet questioning the scientific accuracy of the national guidelines for cholesterol lowering and an article in Journal of the American Board of Family Practice on conflicts of interest in biomedical research.

Abramson serves as an expert for plaintiffs' attorneys in litigation involving the pharmaceutical industry and as a consultant to Wells Fargo Health Solutions.

This lecture is part of the Drugged America Series at Transylvania, sponsored by the Bingham-Young Fellowship Program. For more contact the public relations office at (859) 233-8120.

3/25/2010

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