Daniel Drake


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(1785–1852), born in New Jersey, reared in Kentucky, became a physician, educator, and civic leader, mainly in Cincinnati. He founded the Ohio Medical College (1819) and was the founder and editor of the Western Medical and Physical Journal. His books include Picture of Cincinnati in 1815 (1815), describing the region's natural and social history; Practical Essays on Medical Education and the Medical Profession in the U.S. (1832); Systematic Treatise … on the Principal Diseases of the Interior Valley of North America (2 vols., 1850–54); and Pioneer Life in Kentucky (1870). His antislavery letters in the National Intelligencer (1851) were republished as Dr. Daniel Drake's Letters on Slavery (1940).


From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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