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PHOTO: An image from Robert Fludd's Integrum morborum mysterium published in 1631. Courtesy of the collection of the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences. Click here for a high-resolution version of the image.

March 20, 2006

UI Lecture March 28 Focuses On 17th Century 'Telemedicine'

The public is invited to a University of Iowa History of Medicine talk on "Telemedicine in the 17th Century: A Glimpse into Sympathetic Healing" at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, in Room 401 of the UI Hardin Library for the Health Sciences.

The speaker will be Ed Holtum, assistant director of administrative services and special collections and curator of the John Martin Rare Book Room at the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences.

Light refreshments will be served. The lecture is part of a series of presentations sponsored by the UI History of Medicine Society.

Holtum will discuss the controversial and contentious subject of sympathetic "healing at a distance," including the use of "weapon salve" in which a special ointment was applied to the weapon rather than to the wound itself. He will highlight the influence that religion, alchemy and cosmology had on the development of sympathetic healing and review the opinions of prominent scientists of the day who both supported and rejected the phenomenon. Holtum will also feature and display several works in the John Martin Rare Book Room related to the subject.

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

For directions to Hardin Library and information on parking, visit

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Becky Soglin, 319-335-6660,

PROGRAM CONTACT: Susan Lawrence, UI associate professor of history, UI History of Medicine Society, 319-353-4681,