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Tuesday, February 9th, 6:00 pm

The Global Center for Health Innovation, in conjunction with the Case Western Reserve University’s Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum, present Exchanges an evening program to spark discovery, learning and discussion about the past, present and future of science and medicine.

This event will take place at the Welcome Center, Global Center for Health Innovation,
1 St. Clair Avenue NE, Cleveland, OH 44114

Topic & Speaker
Join us for “Cardiac Kids,” a short presentation by author, historian and TEDx speaker Brandy Schillace, PhD, who will share the story of Cleveland’s real Cardiac Kids—the cardiac surgeons of the 1950s and 60s—doctors who took risks and pioneered innovations, right here in NEO. The presentation includes a panel discussion with experts in cardiac care, including:

  • Karl West, M.S., Director Medical Device Solutions, Cleveland Clinic
    Lerner Research Institute
  • Dr. Sahil Parikh, Interventional Cardiologist, UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute
  • Dr. William Lewis, Chief of Cardiology and Director of the Heart and Vascular Center, The MetroHealth System

Ask your questions and let your voice be heard at Exchanges.
Registration required see: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ebyr9e3d66ae4ea6&llr=d8sgmpvab


Thursday, February, 11th  2016
Friends of the Dittrick Museum appreciation event

The Friends group has been around for forty-five years, and its dues and contributions have supported many of our our endeavors. We are hosting ur first-ever annual meeting to give a fuller presentation of our programming and future planning. We’ll host a reception and look forward to a mix-and-mingle with Dittrick staffers. There will be some swag on hand as well, in the form of a frame-able poster of arresting iconic images from our collection. This year we’ve chosen to reproduce two images selected by your Chief Curator, Jim Edmonson. Members will receive notification and details. If you would like to join the friends group see: http://artsci.case.edu/dittrick/museum/membership/


Thursday March 17, at 6:00 pm,  Percy Skuy Lecture
Elizabeth Watkins, Ph.D., will present “Reconceiving the Pill: From Revolutionary Therapeutic to Lifestyle Drug.”


Watkins-300Watkins’s research affirms that marketing decisions, rather than scientific innovations, have guided the development and positioning of contraceptive products in recent years. Although birth control has been pitched in the United States as an individual solution, rather than a public health strategy, the purpose of oral contraceptives was understood by manufacturers, physicians, and consumers to be the prevention of pregnancy, a basic health care need for women. Since 1990, the content of that message has changed, reflecting a shift in the drug industry’s view of the contraception business, and Watkins will explore the factors that brought about this change.

Elizabeth Watkins, PhD, is Dean of the Graduate Division, Vice Chancellor of Student Academic Affairs, and Professor of History of Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. She is an established authority on the history of birth control, and the author of On the Pill:  A Social History of Oral Contraceptives(1998) and The Estrogen Elixir: A History of Hormone Replacement Therapy in America (2010).

Allen Memorial Medical Library, Ford Auditorium, reception to follow in museum galleries.

If you plan on attending please RSVP to, phone: 216-368-3648
E-mail: jennifer.nieves@case.edu


Thursday April 7, at 6:00 pm, Handerson lecture
Heather Perry, Ph.D. presents “Feeding War: Gender, Health, and the Mobilized Kitchen in WWI Germany”

Perry-Heather-300lThis lecture is scheduled to take place as part of the first annual Cleveland Humanities Festival at CWRU, April 1-10.  The theme for 2016 is “Remembering War,” and presentations will explore the impact of war on society and culture from a humanistic perspective. The Dittrick is already engaged on the topic of World War I through a website and exhibitions on the Lakeside Unit. Keeping with this WWI theme, we have invited medical historian Heather Perry to share her research on the conflict’s impact on the homefront in Germany. Perry’s work provides an overview on medicine, population health, and public policies in wartime, with more in-depth scrutiny of how women and their families coped with privations that impacted their health and well-being.

Heather R. Perry, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of History at UNC Charlotte, and author of Recyling the Disabled: Army, Medicine, and Modernity in WW1 Germany (2014). Material for Perry’s lecture comes from her forthcoming book, Feeding War: Nutrition, Health, and the Body in WWI Germany that focuses on how health experts, nutritional scientists, and social workers sought to manage the health of Germans on the homefront in WWI.

This event will feature a complimentary exhibit Preparing Medicine for War:  The Lakeside Unit’s Trial Mobilization in 1916. This 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.

If you plan on attending please RSVP to, phone: 216-368-3648
E-mail: jennifer.nieves@case.edu


For parking information see our Visit the Museum web page.