Daniel Drake, physician and educator, was born in Plainfield, N.J.,
Oct. 20, 1785. In 1788 his parents removed to Mason county, Ky., and in December, 1800, he was taken
to Cincinnati, Ohio, to study medicine. He began the practice of medicine in Mason county, Ky., in
1804, and attended lectures in the University of Pennsylvania in 1805 and again in 1815 and 1816, and was
graduated in 1816. He was professor of materia medica in Transylvania university, Ky., 1816-18. In 1819 he obtained from the Ohio legislature the charter of the medical college of Ohio, located in Cincinnati; and from that time till his death he was engaged in teaching in different medical schools in that city, and
in Lexington and Louisville, Ky., and Philadelphia, Pa. In 1821 he obtained from the Ohio legislature a grant of money to erect a hospital in Cincinnati. He established the Western Journal of the Medical and Physical Sciences in 1827, and was its editor until 1848. He published: Picture of Cincinnati and the Miami
Country (1815); Practical Treatise on the History, Prevention and Treatment of Epidemic Cholera
(1832); Practical Essays on Medical Education (1832); and Systematic Treatise on the Principal Diseases
of the Interior Valley of North America (2 vols., 1850-54).
See Life of Daniel Drake (1861) by his son, Charles Daniel Drake, LL.D. He died in Cincinnati, Ohio, Nov. 6, 1852.