Historian Awarded Cartwright Prize for Book on Polio

David_Oshinsky-smallDavid Oshinsky, Distinguished Teaching Professor of History, has been awarded the Cartwright Prize from Columbia University Medical Center for his book “Polio: An American Story” (Oxford University Press, 2005).

He will also present the annual Cartwright Lecture next month.

The lecture series provides a forum for leading scientists and scholars to review important medical research. Previous speakers and prize recipients have included nine Nobel laureates, top officials from the National Academy of Sciences and the National Institutes of Health and a United States Senator.

Oshinsky’s lecture, titled “Polio: A Look Back at America’s Most Successful Public Health Crusade,” will draw from his Pulitzer Prize-winning book.

“I’m honored – but, more so, humbled – to be in the company of previous Cartwright winners,” says Oshinsky. “I feel privileged to share the lessons our nation learned from the successful fight against polio.”

Oshinsky will give the lecture on Wednesday, April 21 in New York.