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Daniel Drake

Daniel Drake (October 20, 1785 – November 5, 1852) was an American physician. He was born in Plainfield, N. J., graduated in the medical school of the University of Pennsylvania in 1815, and settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he became known as a physician and writer. In 1820 he organized the Medical College of Ohio in Cincinnati and secured a State appropriation for its support and that of a hospital. In 1827 he founded the Western Journal of the Medical and Physical Sciences, which he continued to edit until 1848. In 1846 he, William Maclay Awl and other members of the Ohio medical profession established the Ohio State Medical Society. He was connected, either as a lecturer or professor, at different times, with Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky, the University of Louisville, and Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His voluminous published works include:

  • Topography, Climate, and Diseases of Cincinnati (1810)
  • Notices Concerning Cincinnati (1810; 1908)
  • Practical Treatise on the History, Prevention, and Treatment of Epidemic Cholera (1832)
  • Practical Essays on Medical Education (1832)
  • Systematic Treatise on the Principal Diseases of the Interior Valley of North America, (1850-54)
  • Pioneer Life in Kentucky, edited by his son (1870)

In 1852, he rejoined the faculty at the Medical College of Ohio but died a few days after receiving his appointment.[1]

The Daniel Drake Home was located at 429 East Third Street in Cincinnati. He was a founding Member of Christ Church in Cincinnati.


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