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Oct. 21, 2005

Lecture Addresses Health Care And Poverty In Iowa From 1900-1940

A University of Iowa expert in the history of medicine in Iowa will speak on "Iowa Physicians and Poverty: Caring for the Needy, 1900-1940" at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 in room 401 of the UI Hardin Library for the Health Sciences.

The presentation is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The lecture is part of a series of presentations sponsored by the UI History of Medicine Society.

Susan C. Lawrence, Ph.D., associate professor of history in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Program for Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, will discuss both the precariousness of medical incomes and the rising expense of medical care due to expansion of medical technologies and therapies.

Lawrence also will focus on the efforts of county medical societies and the Iowa Medical Society to organize medical care for the indigent as the economic depression of the 1930s worsened.

Lawrence has done extensive research into the history of medicine in Iowa and received a UI Outstanding Teaching Award in 2002.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Ed Holtum at 319-335-9154 or

The parking facility closest to the Hardin Library is the Newton Road Parking Ramp:

For more information about the UI History of Medicine Society lecture series, visit

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACTS: Becky Soglin, 319 335-6660; Program: Susan Lawrence, 319-353-4681,