Dittrick Medical History

Mayor Frank G. Jackson visited and toured Case Western Reserve University’s Dittrick Medical History Center, located on the third floor of the Allen Memorial Medical Library on Euclid Avenue in Cleveland.

The Dittrick Medical History Center is comprised of the museum, archives, and collections of rare books, artifacts, and images. The Center originated as part of the Cleveland Medical Library Association (est. 1894) and today functions as an interdisciplinary study center within the College of Arts and Sciences of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. The Center serves as a vehicle to document and honor the medical profession. Located on the second floor of the library are reading rooms and visitors can see where the first defibrillator is housed along with early endoscopes and a microscope room. 

In addition, this guided tour was conducted by Chief Curator Jim Edmonson and Brandy Schillace, Public Engagement Fellow and Research Associate, and included various exhibits about diagnostic procedures, early antiseptic surgery and midwifery, the Skuy Contraception Gallery, and contagious diseases and forensics cases.  

Photographer: 
Ruggero Fatica