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Wong Smith presents “Western Legislative Impacts on Traditional Medical Practice”

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Date: Monday, March 2, 2015
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Faculty Congress and the College of Continuing Education and Community Service (CCECS) invite the public to a presentation by Helen Wong Smith, Department of Pharmacy Practice, on “Western Legislative Impacts on Traditional Medical Practice,” scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m., UCB Room 100.

The presentation discusses the demands for laws which addressed cultural medical practices such as opium, la`au lapa`au, and lomilomi as well as federal recognition of aboriginal medical traditions.

“Hawaiʻi’s indigenous culture and ethnic diversity have contributed to unique laws that accommodate culturally-based medical practices,” Wong Smith said. “Coupled with catastrophic medical events such as epidemics and leprosy, Hawaiian medical practices and needs required laws to regulate these demands. As a result, legislation has responded to the distinctive traditions of our islands, both host and introduced.”

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