THE Real

Tuesday, October 18, 5:30-8:30pm

The Lounge at Iwan Ries
19 South Wabash Ave

Chris Zarins writes, "Leonardo da Vinci, the incredible genius of the Renaissance, was equally gifted in art and science.  He was the first to describe atherosclerosis in human arteries and he also painted the world’s most famous painting, the Mona Lisa.  Da Vinci loved riddles and often used symbols in his works to give out messages.  Dan Brown, revealed many of the messages in Leonardo’s paintings in his book, The Da Vinci Code, in which he depicts the search for the long-lost Holy Grail of the Catholic church."

"But did Dan Brown miss the real da Vinci code in Leonardo’s paintings?  That is, the code to unlocking the secret of atherosclerosis?  Da Vinci has hidden this in plain sight for more than 500 years.  The Real Code of da Vinci will be revealed in this presentation."

Cocktails at 5:30, with the presentation at 6:00 for about thirty minutes,
followed by Q&A and general cocktail conversation.

Christopher K. Zarins is Professor of Surgery, Emeritus, Stanford University School of Medicine, and former Professor of Surgery and Chief of Vascular Surgery, University of Chicago.  He has a BA in biology from Lehigh University, and an MD from Johns Hopkins.  Among numerous awards, Dr. Zarins has been the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Riga Stradins University, Latvia; Grand Medal, Latvian Academy of Sciences; Three Star Order, Republic of Latvia; and the Latvian Academy of Sciences Pauls Stradins Prize in Medicine.

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ONE OF THE OLDEST AND greatest traditions of the city clubs of Chicago is the discussion of intellectual, social, legal, artistic, historical, scientific, musical, theatrical, and philosophical issues in the company of educated, bright, and appropriately provocative individuals, all under the beneficent influence of substantial amounts of tobacco and spirits.  The Cigar Society of Chicago embraces this tradition and extends it with its Informal Smokers, University Series lectures, and Cigar Society Dinners, in which cigars, and from time to time pipes and cigarettes, appear as an important component of our version of the classical symposium.  To be included in the Cigar Society's mailing list, write to the secretary at