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Medical school faculty will talk at senior center lecture series on death, dying

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Three faculty members from the program in biomedical ethics in the University of Iowa College of Medicine will discuss various topics on death and dying at a three-part lecture series beginning Monday, April 27. The series will continue Wednesday, April 29 and Friday, May 1. All lectures will begin at 2 p.m. at the Iowa City Senior Center, 28 S. Linn St.

"There are many ethical questions that are raised at the end of life," says Dr. Robert F. Weir, professor of biomedical ethics and pediatrics in the UI College of Medicine. "These questions can only be answered by individuals within the context of their own personal value systems. We hope these lectures can make people aware of those questions and help them begin to search for answers."

The scheduled talks are:

Monday, April 27 -- Weir will talk on "Ethical Options at the End of Life." Weir is an authority on questions of medical ethics.

Wednesday, April 29 -- Dr. S. Kirk Payne will talk on "Care of the Dying Patient." Payne is an associate in the program in biomedical ethics and the UI department of internal medicine.

Friday, May 1 -- Dr. Robert Olick will talk on "Planning Ahead with Advance Directives." Olick is associate professor in the program in biomedical ethics and the UI department of family medicine.

The series was arranged in conjunction with the UI Speakers Bureau. For more information about the lecture series, call Julie Seal, 356-5222. For more information about the UI Speakers Bureau, contact Vera Dordick, 384-0017.