Professor Emeritus of Dermatology at the University of Iowa College of Medicine
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The University of Iowa

Richard Caplan is Professor Emeritus of Dermatology at the University of Iowa College of Medicine. While serving for 21 years as Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education, he founded and developed the Program in Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities, where an endowed chair has been established in his honor. Medical ethics, medical history and literature-and-medicine are among his areas of interest, along with matters musical (he is an accomplished performer of piano and clarinet). He is also a recognized expert on Sherlock Holmes and he is the founding leader of the Younger Stamfords, Iowa City’s Sherlock Holmes Society.

Medical Ethics, Moral Dilemmas
Should you have yourself cloned if you can’t have children or need “spare parts” to prevent or repair a fatal illness? If genetic testing reveals a probability of your developing diabetes, would you change your lifestyle? These and many other ethical questions arise frequently for health care professionals. This program offers an opportunity to discuss these important questions with the founder of the Program in Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities at the University of Iowa.

Sherlock Holmes in Turn-of-the-Century Britain
The stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle have inspired generations of readers devoted to Sherlock Holmes. Dr. Richard Caplan, an authority on Sherlock Holmes, recently published a book concerning Doyle’s famous detective. This special interest in the subject also allows exploration of life in Britain at the start of the twentieth century, as well as providing much enjoyment. Using his background in medicine and his love of literature, Dr. Caplan explores the persisting phenomenon of the great detective’s astounding longevity.