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For Release: April 1, 2010
David Corriveau, Media Relations Officer, Dartmouth Medical School, at or 603-653-0771

'Social mission of medicine' topic at Koop Institute lecture

Fitzhugh Mullan, M.D.

Hanover, N.H.—Pediatrician Fitzhugh Mullan, M.D., a veteran advocate for public health, will describe "The Social Mission of Medicine" - past, present, and future - on Monday, April 5, as part of the Harold Wade Lectureship series at Dartmouth Medical School's C. Everett Koop Institute.

The lecture, open to the public, starts at 7:30 p.m. in Dartmouth College's Filene Auditorium. In addition to reviewing who has benefited from medical advances of the last century, and looking ahead to the prospects for the century ahead, Mullan will address "the difficult but essential moral questions of opportunity and equity."

Mullan comes from George Washington University, where he serves as the Murdock Head Professor of Medicine and Health Policy in the School of Public Health, and as a professor of pediatrics in the School of Medicine. Joseph F. O'Donnell, M.D., the senior fellow of the Koop Institute, describes Mullan as "one of the movers and shakers in medicine, striving to address the needs of the underserved, the role of primary care, and the role of national service.

"He helped shape the National Health Service Corps and has a new idea for a Global Health Service Corps that will help to meet the needs of the world," adds O'Donnell, senior advising dean and director of community programs at DMS, and a professor of medicine and of psychiatry. "He has had an inspirational career of service and a profound impact on medicine."

Mullan's books range from Vital Signs - recounting and reflecting on a battle with cancer early in his medical career - to Big Doctoring in America: Profiles in Primary Care.

The Harold Wade Fund sponsors medical school lectures, seminars, and workshops dedicated to restoring human context and clinical art to modern medical practice - one of the major concerns that the Koop Institute addresses. For additional information about the Wade Fund, and about the Koop Institute, see here.


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