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Saturday, April 19th, The Ohio Academy of Medical History will hold their Annual meeting at the Dittrick Medical History Center

This years meeting will concentrate on World War I Medicine and the Museum will be opening the new World War I, Lakeside Medical Unit: Photographs and Documents exhibit for the meeting attendees. There is a detailed agenda and registration forms on the Ohio Academy’s website.


April 21st through September 8th, Castele Gallery Exhibit
World War I, Lakeside Medical Unit: Photographs and Documents

Lakeside-eventsIn 1914, two and a half years before the US entered World War I, Cleveland’s foremost physicians and surgeons gathered their resources and took a group, called the Lakeside Unit, to Paris to tend to injured French and British soldiers.  This was done on an entirely neutral platform and set the stage for the formation of similar university hospital units from all over the country.This trip was well documented in photographs, diary’s and other documents. These and some artifacts from this trip will be featured in the exhibit.

Jennifer Nieves, archivist at the Dittrick and Dianne O’Malia, archivist for University Hospitals, are nearing the completion of several projects that showcase the history of the Lakeside Unit. We’ve announced the pending completion of the Lakeside Unit website several times in the past few years. One thing or another delayed this process: change in web designers, web platforms and our fulltime positions, but we are now almost ready for release. During the past year we discovered photographs we hadn’t seen before, found interesting tidbits in George Crile’s diary not read earlier, and we acquired more Lakeside Unit related items that will be included in the site. We have also made contact with other institutions commemorating the WWI medical experience, and hope to work with them on future projects.

More information on Lakeside exhibit and related projects.


Saturday, April 26th, Forensic Medicine, Sherlock, and Steampunk
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Gallery talk with Brandy Schillace at 2:30 pm

Forensics-SPForensics: it’s where science, technology, and crime-solving meet! Join us for this special Saturday exhibit opening Forensic Medicine, Sherlock, and Steampunk, curated by Brandy Schillace. “Steampunk” is a sub-genre of science fiction featuring early industrial and mechanical devices, but many of forensics’ innovations came from medicine and from medical doctors. For this event, we will be exploring the way early medical technology (from electricity and microscopy to bloodwork and toxicology) influenced the dawn of forensic science. We will also explore the work of local “Sherlock,” Dr. John George Spenzer, a blood and poison expert who helped crack cases for the police. Come investigate Spenzer’s casebook and examine a selection of forensic artifacts, as well as a Wimshurst generator (sparks flying)! The mechanics, machines, and microscopes of a by-gone era drove our leap into the modern world—and the Sherlockian imperative to marry science to deduction!

RSVP required by April 23rd to or call 216-368-3648gif-white-spacergif-white-spacer