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Publish Date: 12/20/00
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UC's Cincinnati Academic Health Heritage Center Called "Crown Jewel"

Cincinnati--At a recent award ceremony, Arthur King, MD, this year's recipient of the Cincinnati Academy of Medicine Foundation's Daniel Drake Award, focused on the importance of history and quoted Daniel Drake, MD, the father of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. In 1851 Drake commended the Cincinnati Medical Library Association "for its efforts to collect, preserve and disseminate the history of medicine." A Cincinnati obstetrician/gynecologist for more than half-a-century and a former UC faculty member, King connected Drake's quotation to UC's Cincinnati Medical Heritage Center during his speech and said, "That is exactly the function of the Cincinnati Medical Heritage Center, which has been described as the Crown Jewel of Cincinnati Medicine."

King said, "While each of us may not be able to advise and counsel any of the neophytes just starting their medical careers individually, we can do it collectively. Frankly, my theme is an appeal to you to remember the Cincinnati Medical Heritage Center as your means of collectively passing on to the next generation of doctors the accumulated wisdom of the followers of Daniel Drake.

"To teach the lessons of history, one needs a repository for the subject, such as universities, libraries, museums and lecture series, all of which Cincinnati has, thanks to the energy and foresight of Daniel Drake," King said. He noted that Drake told the 1851 audience "to carry forward the noble work which they began, to make it better than when they found it, and to hand it down to posterity."

The Cincinnati Medical Heritage Center is a significant repository known worldwide for its history of medicine, pharmacy, nursing and allied health sciences holdings, such as rare books, 19th century hospital patient records, and the archives of Cincinnati biomedical researchers, most notably, Robert Kehoe, MD, and Albert Sabin, MD. It serves the University of Cincinnati, local and regional health professionals, the greater Cincinnati community and national and international historians as a reference and research facility. The depth and range of its collections attract scholars and the interested public from around the world.

The Academy Foundation's Daniel Drake Award is named in honor of Drake, who was one of Cincinnati's first doctors in the early 19th century. He was known for many other accomplishments as well. Drake almost single-handedly brought intellectual life and medical science to the western frontier town by founding the first teaching hospital west of the Alleghenies and Cincinnati's first medical school, medical society, eye infirmary, circulating library and museum, among other institutions.

For more information about the Medical Heritage Center, contact Billie Broaddus, (513) 558-4570, or via email

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