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
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.
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."
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.