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Ohio University College of Medicine-Dublin—PRESENTATION: House Calls and the Pre-Penicillin Era to Targeted Chemotherapy: A 75-Year Walk Through Medical History

April 27, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


All are welcome to attend this event. Please RSVP within 48 hours of the event to ensure enough food. If you do not have permissions to use the RSVP URL, please email Jacob directly. There is ample parking in front of medical education building one: 6775 Bobcat way, Dublin, Ohio 43016

Harold Chevlen, MDDr. Harold Chevlen, MD, a 95-year old retired physician who practiced independent family medicine for 50 years in Youngstown, Ohio, will be discussing the changes that occurred throughout his career. In particular he’ll describe how things most medical students take for granted, such as antibiotics revolutionized his practice of medicine. He will also talk about the joys of family medicine.


Eric Chevlen, MDHis speech will be followed by his son, Dr. Eric Chevlen MD, a medical oncologist in Youngstown, OH, who will talk about the innovations that have occurred during his career in cancer care. Dr. Chevlen is the author of Power over Pain: How to Get the Pain Control You Need, and contributed “Confessions of a Health Care Rationer” to the website, First Things.

Both speeches will describe technological, scientific, and social changes to medicine over the past 75 years.

POST-EVENT SUMMARY: Twenty-two students and faculty attended this lecture. Doctors Harold and Eric Chevlen spoke about the changes they encountered, both within the practice of clinical medicine and within themselves over the course of their careers.

In particular, Dr. Harold Chevlen described starting his own private practice, serving in the US army as a hospital orderly, doing house calls throughout Northeastern Ohio, and the joys of independent family medicine. He talked about the changes in medicine such as the introduction of penicillin, and sweeping societal changes such as the desegregation of hospitals throughout Ohio.

Dr. Eric Chevlen described his motivations in becoming a physician, the dramatic improvements in chemotherapy he witnessed over his career, what it was like practicing oncology for the NIH in rural Egypt, being the first physician to ever perform a marrow biopsy there, ethics of DNR orders, and the introduction of cephalosporins during his schooling.

“The event went better than I expected! The audience didn’t even look at their phones once. Questions went about 45 minutes beyond the scheduled end of the event. The greatest single argument for independent medical practice is the joy independent doctors exude. Dr. Harold Chevlen painted a beautiful picture of what medicine used to be like–prior to government meddling–where independent family doctors weren’t just clinicians, but also members of the family.

I believe that demonstrating how awesome family medicine can be, unfettered by paper work, will encourage more people into this underserved field. The next step is obviously teaching about DPC.” ~Jacob Chevlen, event organizer


April 27, 2017
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Jacob Chevlen
(330-4) 42-4485