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UI Lecture Nov. 28 Presents Case That Changed Medical Education

Barron Lerner, physician and historian at Columbia University, will present a lecture, "How One Death Changed Medical Education: Revisiting the Libby Zion Case," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, in the Kelch Conference Room (Room 1289) of the Carver Biomedical Research Building on the University of Iowa campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Light refreshments will be served at 6 p.m. The lecture is part of a series of presentations sponsored by the UI History of Medicine Society.

Lerner's talk draws on the case of an 18-year-old woman who died in 1984 while under the care of residents at New York Hospital. The family's malpractice suit helped lead to the creation of regulations in New York that decreased residents' working hours and increased their supervision by attending physicians.

Lerner, M.D., Ph.D., is the A.B. Gold Associate Professor of Medicine and Sociomedical Science at Columbia University Medical Center and Mailman School of Public Health. He is the author of the recently published book, "When Illness Goes Public: Celebrity Patients and How We Look at Medicine." His prize-winning book, "The Breast Cancer Wars: Hope, Fear and the Pursuit of a Cure in 20th-Century America," was published in 2001.

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, contact Donna Sabin at 319-335-6706 or

For directions to the Carver Biomedical Research Facility, visit The nearest parking facility 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

MEDIA CONTACT: Becky Soglin, 319 335-6660

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