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Cecil Striker Society

Originally formed in 1976, the Cecil Striker Society for the History of Medicine was called the Medical History Society.  One month after its first meeting Dr. Striker died, prompting members to rename the organization the Cecil Striker Society.  Its purpose was straightforward:  to promote and perpetuate an interest in the history of medicine and all related disciplines in the health care field. The Society met every other month, each meeting featuring a presentation.  Records indicate many of the presentations were by UC’s medical historian at the time, Dr. Saul Benison.  The Society also started the Cecil Striker Medical History Fund with a purpose to enhance the Winkler Center’s history of medicine collections.

The move of the Winkler Center into its new facility in 2008 generated a renewed interest in the Society and in 2010 the Cecil Striker Society convened for the first time in many years.

The purposes of the revived Society are: 



                                                  Topics of Previous Meetings


April 10, 2014     Hold the date - Topic and speaker to be announced soon

April 11, 2013     Civil War Medicine   

May 17, 2012     “A Tradition to Help the Sick and Needy” – Jews and Medicine in Cincinnati, 1850 to 1970

May 5, 2011        Cincinnati's 25th General Hospital: Courage and Skill in World War II    


May 26, 2010      Healing Cincinnati: A Winding Path Towards "Pursuing Perfection"


The Cecil Striker Society serves as the Center’s chapter of the University’s Charles McMicken Society.  Members who contribute an annual gift of $1,000 or more enjoy McMicken Society benefits, including free on-campus parking, UC library privileges, and UC bookstore discounts.  While the Winkler Center encourages those interested to make gifts to become full members of the Cecil Striker Society, anyone with an interest in medical history may become an affiliate member.  Affiliate members will receive the Society’s newsletter and invitations to Society events.




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