Carl Beck, Chicago Physician and Humanitarian will be on display outside of the Special Collections and University Archives department at the Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago from December 22, 2016 through June 2, 2017. The exhibit reflects Beck’s contributions to medicine as well as philanthropy.
Dr. Carl Beck had a substantial influence on the growth of medical education in Chicago, teaching at the Post Graduate Medical School and the College of Physicians and Surgeons shortly after immigrating from Bohemia in 1889. His contributions to medicine include co-developing an operation with Dr. Alexis Carrel using the stomach to replace the esophagus.
Dr. Beck was instrumental in securing financial support for Vienna, Austria after World War I. Dr. Beck gathered his colleagues and acquaintances in Chicago’s social circles to sign a petition calling for relief for Vienna, which is featured in the exhibit.
Special thanks to collection donor Dr. Sidney Blair. Dr. Blair is a retired orthopedic surgeon and professor emeritus, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University and author of “The Doctors Beck of Chicago-Men of Integrity.”