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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Anatomy of an execution: Physician to explain crucifixion from medical perspective on Good Friday

INDIANAPOLIS – It’s a crime scene investigation focused on a case which occurred 2,000 years ago. Call it, perhaps, CSI: Jerusalem.

That will be the focus of a special presentation at the auditorium of Franciscan St. Francis Health 11 a.m. on Good Friday, April 18. Charles J. Dietzen, MD, will discuss, from a medical perspective, the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth and what really happened on that long-ago day atop Golgotha.

Dietzen, an Indianapolis pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist and founder of Timmy Global Health, will explain the Roman practice of execution, the physiological aspects of Jesus’ death and a medical analysis of opposing theories on the resurrection.

Additionally, he will discuss what medical and scientific analyses reveal about the  Shroud of Turin, an ancient linen many believe to be the burial cloth of Jesus.

The presentation, which will be in the hospital's auditorium,  also will include a full-sized replica of the cross, Roman period artifacts and a life-sized copy of the Shroud of Turin.