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Saturday, January 17, 2009

SYMPOSIUM ON ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S HEALTH

If you’re a fellow Honest Abe-aholic, this free symposium will make you wish you could work out the logistics of being in DC on April 18th and 19th:

November 5, 2008, Washington, D.C. – The Congressionally-chartered Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission has endorsed a planned two-day symposium on the health of President Abraham Lincoln to be held in April 2009 at the National Museum of Health and Medicine of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (NMHM). NMHM is open to the public and located on the campus of Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

The first day of the symposium (Saturday, April 18, 2009) will feature discussions on genetics and the neurologic death of the president. The first day will conclude with a keynote lecture by noted Lincoln historian and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island Frank J. Williams. The second day (Sunday, April 19) will offer a look at the history of the Museum’s exhibitions on Lincoln and other illnesses he suffered over the course of his lifetime. (All scheduled lectures and speakers are tentative and subject to change.)

The Museum is planning a revamping of its permanent exhibition of artifacts related to the assassination of President Lincoln. Surgeons from the Army Medical Museum (the progenitor of today’s NMHM) were called to the president’s bedside and later performed the autopsy, during which time they recovered the bullet that killed the president. The bullet, along with several small shards from Lincoln’s skull, locks of hair and other artifacts, are on display at the Museum.

Seating for the two-day symposium is extremely limited and free registration is required. Interested parties should phone (202) 782-2673 to inquire about registration.

Media representatives interested in learning more about the Lincoln exhibition or the symposium on Lincoln’s health should contact Tim Clarke, Jr., NMHM Public Affairs Officer, phone (202) 782-2672.

Links:

· National Museum of Health and Medicine Web site
· Details about the NMHM Lincoln program
· NMHM Lincoln artifacts
· Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission

About the National Museum of Health and Medicine:

The National Museum of Health and Medicine of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, established in 1862, inspires interest in and promotes the understanding of medicine—past, present, and future—with a special emphasis on tri-service American military medicine. As a National Historic Landmark recognized for its ongoing value to the health of the military and to the nation, the Museum identifies, collects, and preserves important and unique resources to support a broad agenda of innovative exhibits, educational programs, and scientific, historical, and medical research. The Museum is an element of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP), a tri-service Army, Navy and Air Force agency of the Department of Defense with a threefold mission of consultation, education and research. The Museum is located at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 6900 Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. Visit the Museum Web site here or call (202) 782-2200.

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