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Tuberculosis, the once "cured" disease now making a comeback, will be the focus of a Community Conversation at The New Jersey Historical Society, 52 Park Place, Newark on Thursday, November 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The forum will examine the state of the illness today, as well as public health lessons learned from TB, which can inform our thinking about current health crises such as SARS and AIDS and the balancing of individual patient rights with the needs of the public.

Admission to the Community Conversation is free but space is limited and seating is on a first-come, first served basis. A reception will follow the forum.

Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and share their opinions and observations with two physicians who are recognized leaders on the subject: Dr. Lee B. Reichman, Executive Director, UMDNJ, New Jersey Medical Center, National TB Center, and author of Timebomb: The Global Epidemic of Multi-Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis; and Dr. Mary Cantey, Assistant Professor, UMDNJ, New Jersey Medical Center, National TB Center. Doug Doyle, News Director, WBGO (Jazz 88) will serve as moderator.

The forum is part of the special programming scheduled during the Historical Society's exhibit, Enduring Tuberculosis: America's Quest for the Cure, which examines the impact of the tuberculosis epidemic on public health care in America, according to Sally Yerkovich, President and CEO of The New Jersey Historical Society. Funding for the community program was provided by The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey.

The New Jersey Historical Society, the oldest cultural institution in New Jersey, is a state-wide, private, nonprofit historical museum, library and archives dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting the rich and intricate political, social, cultural and economic history of New Jersey to the broadest possible audiences.

Enduring Tuberculosis: America's Quest for the Cure will be on exhibit through January 2005. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free to Exhibition Galleries and most programs.

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