Imaging and Imagining the Body

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When and Where:
Tuesday, November 8, 2011 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
at Indiana Medical History Museum

Surgical Amphitheater, 3045 West Vermont St., Indianapolis, IN 46222

Richard B. Gunderman, MD, Heather Wood Ion

OPTIONAL: Bring new children's athletic shoes (sizes 10-4) and help Spirit & Place support Samaritan's Feet.

Event Description:

How has our view of the body changed over time? A radiologist will examine how physicians past and present peer into the living body with imaging technologies. An anthropologist will explore new ways of thinking about the body that can create an epidemic of health.

Richard Gunderman (Vice Chair of Radiology; and Professor of Radiology, Pediatrics, Medical Education, Philosophy, Liberal Arts, and Philanthropy at Indiana University) will introduce participants to the fascinating story of medical imaging. Thanks to imaging technologies such as x-ray, ultrasound, and MRI, physicians can peer into the living human body without cutting it open, diagnosing disease and delivering therapy.

Cultural anthropologist Heather Wood Ion, who holds dual degrees from Oxford University and worked many years with Dr. Jonas Salk, will explore how we tend to think about the body and its diseases today, and how this view sometimes undercuts the level of health we achieve. She will outline a new way of thinking about the body, one with the potential to produce an "epidemic of health" in our community. Attend this participatory event and view an exhibit focusing on historical perceptions of death and the body from medical, economic, and social perspectives.

Presented by Indiana Medical History Museum and IUPUI Medical Humanities-Health Studies Program. Questions? Call 317-635-7329 or email