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April 12, 2005

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Hunter "Patch" Adams, physician, world-renowned peace activist and founder of the Gesundheit! Institute, will give the Bucknell Student Health Service lecture, "No Time for Timidity in These Terroristic Times," Wednesday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Rooke Chapel at Bucknell University.

Adams has visited Bucknell numerous times in recent years, serving several times as Health Scholar in Residence.

"Over the years, Patch has become a close personal friend, and every time we get together, I leave with a renewed positive sense of what this world could become," said Don Stechschulte, director of the Student Health Service at Bucknell.

A physician for three decades, Adams has never charged for his services because he believes in the health of the whole patient. His approach to medicine includes home visits and extensive interviews with each patient to obtain the person's whole medical history.

A firm believer in humor as an antidote, he always dresses as a clown. Since 1985, he has visited the Soviet Union annually touring hospitals and orphanages as part of a cultural exchange. The clown entourage also visited war-torn Bosnia and Sarajevo in recent years.

Since 1971, he and his colleagues have been involved in building the Gesundheit! Institute in Pocahontas County, W.Va. The institute is a model health care facility based on a pilot project and years of study about holistic health care.

Admission to the lecture is $5. Tickets are available at the Campus Box Office and at the Student Health Service, or online at


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