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Guide to Oral Histories in Medicine and the Health Sciences


Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions


Harrison Health Sciences Library
University of Cincinnati
P. O. Box 670574
231 Albert Sabin Way
Cincinnati, OH 45267-00574


(513) 558-5120

Fax number

(513) 558-2682

Website URL

Contact Person

Doris Haag, Director, Winkler Center


Access and Services

Interviews are available in DVD format to be used in the Center, or can be borrowed by calling (513) 558-5120


From 1977 to 1992, the original oral history series at the University of Cincinnati produced over 50 video interviews. Included in the series are such prominent Cincinnati figures as Dr. Lucy Oxley, the first African-American woman to graduate from the UC College of Medicine; Dr. Henry Heimlich, the developer of the famous – and widely used - Heimlich maneuver; Dr. Albert Sabin, the developer of the oral polio vaccine; and Dr. William Altemeier, chair of surgery during the college’s formative years. Dr. Benjamin Felson served as the host for many of the interviews. In 2007, the Center revived the series, beginning with Cincinnati surgeon Dr. Edward Woliver, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Surgery, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and Dr. Elwood Jensen, the Albert Lasker Medical Research Award winning scientist and the Distinguished University Professor and George and Elizabeth Wile Chair in the Department of Cancer and Cell Biology. More recently, Dr. John McDonough and Dr. Allan Winkler, Professor of History, Miami University, interviewed Henry R. Winkler, PhD, President Emeritus of the University of Cincinnati. The Center plans to continue to preserve Cincinnati’s unique history and exceptional achievements by conducting additional interviews of our leading medical and healthcare figures.


As of 2013, the series contained over 65 interviews. Interviews are being added at a rate of 2 or 3 interviews per academic year.

Collection Description

This collection is held at the Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions. Visit the Center's website for information about consulting the interviews at the library.


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