National Library of Medicine Traveling Exhibit at Arizona Health Sciences Library

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
A free discussion, open to the public, about ex-votos – devotional paintings that express thanks to a saint or diety for miraculous healings or blessings – will be held Tuesday, Nov. 30, noon to 1 p.m., in the Arizona Health Sciences Library, Java City Café lounge, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. The discussion will beled by Miguel Flores, Jr., LISAC, CSOTS, founder, CEO and clinical director of Holistic Wellness Counseling & Consultant Services in Tucson, who provided a collection of ex-votos from Southern Arizona communities for “Everyday Miracles: Medical Imagery in Ex-Votos,” a traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine on display at the Arizona Health Sciences Library through January 3.
 
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“Everyday Miracles: Medical Imagery in Ex-Votos,” a traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine, is on display at the Arizona Health Sciences Library, Java City Café lounge, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Monday, January 3. An ex-voto is a devotional painting that expresses thanks to a saint or deity for a miraculous healing or blessing. The exhibit is presented in cooperation with the University of Arizona College of Medicine Program in Medical Humanities.
 
The faithful have always used prayer to invoke the aid of saints to heal the sick and end one’s suffering. A part of many cultural traditions around the world, ex-votos are an expression of thanks for the intercession of the divine and illustrate relationships with illness and healing. For more information, visit the National Library of Medicine exhibit website, www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/exvotos
 
The exhibit includes a collection of ex-votos from Southern Arizona communities provided by Miguel Flores, Jr., LISAC, CSOTS, founder, CEO and clinical director of Holistic Wellness Counseling & Consultant Services in Tucson (www.hwccsonline.com). The works were created by artists with La Malinche Art Studio, a component of Holistic Wellness Counseling & Consulting Services, which includes a team of traditional healers, acupuncturists, counselors and artists who provide therapy for Native American and Latino patients to achieve harmony and balance in mental, physical and spiritual health.
 
Mr. Flores and UA College of Medicine faculty member Carlos Gonzales, MD, associate professor of clinical family and community medicine, offer cultural diversity classes for incoming medical students; the classes provide information about alternative medicine and cultural healing to prepare these future physicians to treat patients from diverse cultures.
 
For more information about the AHS Library exhibit, contact Yamila El-Khayat, AHS Library, (520) 626-6770.