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Thursday, September 15th, 6:00 pm
Conversation: Presidents, Public Health, and Pre-antiseptic Medicine: Garfield’s death and its effect on antiseptic rhetoric in the public

Discussion Partner: Eric Rivet Western Reserve Historical Society Curator of Collections and Exhibits and Scott Frank, MD, MS, Director, Master of Public Health Program, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Director, Shaker Heights Health Department
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Where: Allen Memorial Medical Library, Powell Reading Room
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Monday, October 19th, 5:30 pm
Exchange: Sugar Strike: Diabetes in the age before insulin–and tomorrow’s new hope for treatment [Affiliated GLOBAL EXCHANGES event]

Where: Global Center for Health Innovation, 1 St Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, OH 44114
Discussion Partner: Global Center for Health Innovation

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Wednesday, October 26th, 5:30 pm
MIXER: Beer, Botanicals, and Bathtub Gin

Join us for a joint event with the Botanical Gardens’ Hoppy Hour! Meet John George Spenzer,  a forensic toxicologist of the Prohibition Era, as he mingles with the crowd. 11$ admission, free for Dittrick Friends (members).
Where: Cleveland Botanical Gardens
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Friday, November, 11th, 6:30 pm, Anton and Rose Zverina Lecture by Susan Lederer, PhD., Henry K. Beecher’s Bombshell:  “Ethics and Clinical Research” (1966) and Protecting Human Subjects of Biomedical Research

Professor Lederer delivered this compelling lecture as a keynote speaker at the American Association for the History of Medicine in Minneapolis this past Spring. As Lederer relates, in 1966 Henry K. Beecher, Harvard professor of anesthesia research, authored a powerful critique of mainstream medical research in the New England Journal of Medicine.  Since World War II, Beecher claimed, a new cohort of investigators had entered the field, and were performing experiments on patients and healthy human subjects with little or no regard for their welfare and often without their knowledge and consent.  Beecher’s “bombshell” energized both the American public and Congress to take a more aggressive stance toward medical researchers.  Lederer’s paper explores the genesis and reception of Beecher’s critical engagement with biomedical ethics. I thought she conveyed a timely and important message that would find a receptive audience in Cleveland, and I hope you can join us for this important event.

Professor Lederer is the Robert Turell Professor and Department Chair of Medical History and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Where: Allen Memorial Medical Library, Ford Auditorium


Now showing in the Castele Gallery, March 30th through September 1st

Preparing Medicine for War:  The Lakeside Unit’s Trial Mobilization in 1916

LakesideThis exhibit, researched and curated by Jennifer Nieves, Museum Registrar and Archivist, is composed of original Lakeside Unit photographs and documents from the Dittrick Museum’s collections. Based on Dr. George W. Crile’s experience at the American Ambulance in Paris, he formulated the “Hospital Unit Plan of Organization of the Medical Reserve Corps of the U.S. Army” to serve as the model for US base hospitals. A “mock mobilization” was staged in Philadelphia to determine the practicality of Crile’s plan.  The trial and error mobilization was effective in discovering defects and disclosing unexpected needs, especially in regards to operating room equipment.  Experience this mobilization through original photographs taken by Lakeside Unit personnel.
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