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Publish Date: 04/27/01
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New York Times Best-selling Author to Visit UC

Cincinnati--Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, clinical professor of family and community medicine at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, will visit the University of Cincinnati (UC) on Thursday, May 17, 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Kresge Auditorium in the Medical Sciences Building, 231 Albert Sabin Way.

Remen is the author of the New York Times best seller Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories that Heal. Her newest book, My Grandfather's Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge and Belonging is also a national best seller.

Just Community, the university's initiative to promote human compassion and the appreciation of diversity, will sponsor the presentation and book-signing event. Joseph Beth Bookstores will sell books at the event for $14.

"Dr. Remen is a role model of considerable stature who fits in with the overall principles of Just Community and this year's theme on personal wellness," said Dorothy Air, PhD, co-chair of a Just Community committee and assistant dean of student affairs for UC College of Medicine.

The UC Department of Family Medicine, Wyoming Youth Services Bureau (a nonprofit social service agency), along with the Jewish Principals Council of Cincinnati and the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati will co-sponsor Remen's visit to Cincinnati. She will make a second presentation on May 17 at 7 p.m. at the Rockdale Temple, 8501 Ridge Road. Both events are free and open to the public.

"It is a rare opportunity to have Dr. Remen visit our campus. Her insights are inspiring to people who teach, learn and serve," said Barbara Tobias, MD, associate professor of the Department of Family Medicine, UC College of Medicine. "The stories in her books are positive reminders of why a person would choose a service profession. Her compassionate wisdom will resonate with medical students, physicians and those who touch lives through service."

Remen will share her personal experience about living with Crohn's disease for 45 years and how it influences her viewpoint as a physician and patient. Crohn's disease is a nonspecific, chronic inflammation that affects the gastrointestinal tract.

Remen encourages society to progress from the approach on life of "live and let live" to "live and help live." Remen prescribes by the practice of "live and help live" as a way to serve others. "Our capacity to befriend and bless life within ourselves and others is a step toward a healing society. The original meaning of medicine is not science, it is service," she said.

Remen offers presentations across the nation as one of the early pioneers in the mind/body health field. As the founder and director of the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness, a professional development program for graduate physicians, Remen integrates Hippocratic values into her work to develop greater personal capacity for empathy, compassion, understanding and communication.

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