The Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions and the Cecil Striker Society for the History of Medicine will host the 10th Cecil Striker Society Annual Lecture from 5-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, in the Kresge Auditorium, Medical Sciences Building, 231 Albert Sabin Way.
This year’s lecture, titled "Daniel Drake’s Connection to Sir William Osler: Celebrating Two Medical Education Reformers," will focus on the immense impact both physicians had on medical education. Dr. Philip M. Diller and Dr. Robert E. Rakel will serve as co-lecturers for the event.
Daniel Drake (1785-1852) was an influential figure in 19th century American medicine, gaining fame as physician, scientist, author, educator and ardent champion for the City of Cincinnati. In 1819, Drake was a founder of Cincinnati College and the founding president of the Medical College of Ohio, which eventually became the University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine. He argued for raising standards of medical education by having students study at patient bedsides and work in hospitals. A history of medicine from 1921 hailed Drake’s Practical Essays on Medical Education in the United States (1832) as one of “the most important contributions ever made to the subject in this county.”
Frequently described as the "Father of Modern Medicine," Sir William Osler (1849-1919) was a Canadian physician and one of the four founding professors of Johns Hopkins Hospital. Osler created the first residency program for specialty training of physicians and sought to bring medical students out of the lecture hall for bedside clinical training. Both Osler and Drake shared similar views on medical education and Osler became a frequent and ardent evangelizer for Drake. “[H]e, in many ways,” Osler said of Drake, “is the most unique figure in American medicine.”
The evening will include the lecture and audience Q&A from 5-6:30 p.m. Immediately following will be a reception from 6:30-7:30 p.m. outside the Winkler Center with an opportunity to view the exhibit highlighting both Drake and Osler on display in the Stanley J. Lucas, M.D., Board Room.