520 South Euclid Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 63110 / Cake artist: April Morrison


Washington University, founded in 1853 and named after George Washington, started to train young doctors in 1891 when most lacked education degrees. This was during a time when many viruses and diseases were the leading cause of death. The school prompted rigorous training to help train those who were aiming to be a physician. They pioneered teaching at patients’ bedsides and envisioned a medical school with full-time faculty, modern laboratories and affiliated teaching hospitals. Many scientific improvement tests were held here, including insulin for diabetes and the now-common practice of taking aspirin for preventing heart attacks. Of the school’s scientists over the years, 17 of them have won the Nobel Prize.

The cake in front of the building

Cake placement date: February 26

Where is the cake now?: The cake has been donated to the Cakelovers collection, as it has been displayed in front of small businesses. (February 2018)

Washington University School of Medicine on Facebook / Official website

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