Leaving a Legacy

Lessons from the Writings of Daniel Drake

Philip Diller

Leaving a Legacy

Philip Diller

Distributed for University of Cincinnati Press

271 pages | 7 photos | 7 x 10 | © University of Cincinnati 2019
Cloth $34.95 ISBN: 9781947602427 Published May 2019
In the midst of a fast-paced profession, it is increasingly a challenge to pause and reflect on where a person’s life is heading. All can feel overwhelming. In these moments, when nothing seems stable, it can be instructive to pause and study individuals from previous generations who lived fully and left a lasting legacy. To find valuable lessons and perspective on the present, author Dr. Phillip Diller has often turned to man, citizen, writer, educator, and physician, Dr. Daniel Drake, who lived from 1785-1852.

Leaving a Legacy: Lessons from the Writings of Daniel Drake is a selective collection of excerpts from the vast writings from the nineteenth-century doctor and medical pioneer Daniel Drake. From Drake’s life, documented here in his own words from excerpts of lectures, personal journal entries, presentations, speeches, books, and letters to his children, readers learn about the scope of his accomplishments in medicine, contributions to his community, and dedication to his family. Diller goes beyond biography to contextualize Drake’s life choices and what made him a role model for today’s physicians. Diller selected one hundred and eighty thematically arranged excerpts, which he paired with original reflection questions to guide the reader through thought-provoking prompts. In doing so, Diller presents the lessons from Drake’s remarkable life and work as a guide for others who wish to build an enduring legacy.

Designed to appeal to early and mid-career professionals, particularly those in the medical field, Drake and Diller offer readers a way to enhance life with small actions that can leave a legacy in any community—professional or personal. Documented previously as a man whose life was remarkable for the breadth and depth of his professional accomplishments, Drake’s countless contributions are showcased here to demonstrate the impact he truly had in his time and for generations to come. Engaging with Drake and Diller’s thoughtful and principled voices provides a lasting perspective for those trying to find their purpose in the present.  

Foreword - by Andrew Filak
Introduction: Creating a Legacy
Ch. 1  Man: The Formative Influences That Shaped Drake as a Person
Ch. 2  Citizen: How Drake Impacted His Community to Build and Shape and Advancing Culture
Ch 3  Writer: Finding a Voice and Style to Frame and Influence
Ch 4  Educator: Being an innovator and Setting High Standards for Education
Ch 5  Physician: A Master Physician with a Broad Understanding of the Patient and the Practice
Epilogue: Drake's Legacy Today
Review Quotes
Dan Hurley, Founder, Applied History Associates
"Few people provided better insight into early Cincinnati or had more influence in establishing the cultural and educational pillars of our community than Daniel Drake.  Philip Diller's creative use of Drake's writings will prompt important conversations about Cincinnati for decades to come."

Amy Bunger, Ph.D, Assistant Designated Institutional Official, UCMC/College of Medicine
“As historian Paul Conklin says, ‘History is a tool we use each generation…to help get along in the world…’  Diller’s display of the work of Daniel Drake reveals prophecy, endurance and wisdom.  In a contemporary world of achievement, he sagely forecasts medical education’s need to embody the value of learning, the importance of reflection and mindfulness, well-being, the primacy of accountability though the patient, and the blend of the art and science of medicine.
Robert N. Drake, J.D., retired Managing partner, Reese, Pyle, Drake, and Meyer
“These carefully chosen selections from Dr. Daniel Drake’s extensive writings illustrate the value of his insights for today’s current and future physicians on topics ranging from medical education and practice to civic involvement and personal development.  As a member of Dr. Drake’s extended family, I am pleased to see his timeless wisdom made available for future generations.”

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