Capps, Dr Harold R 1997-06-19

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Lubbock physician Harold Capps recounts his career as a small town doctor in Idalou, Texas, and as a clinic physician for students at Texas Tech.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Dr. Harold "Dick" R. Capps

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Date: June 19, 1997

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Gene Preuss

Length: 1 hour, 15 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Capps, Harold, background, b: Sullivan, Indiana, Move to Texas at two years of age, High school at Boles Home, near Quinlan, Texas, College, Christian College of the Southwest, Dallas, Texas, University of North Texas, Southwestern Medical School, Internships at Parkland Hospital, U. S. Air Force, 1974-1976, General practice, Grand Prairie, Texas, 1976-77, Move to Lubbock, 1977, Texas Tech Student Health Office, U. S. Air Force (again), Family information, Father's work, World War II experience, at Wake Island, Paris, Texas, General outpatient medical practice, Private practice, Idalou, Texas, 1983, Return to Texas Tech Student Health, 1997, Lubbock as regional health center, Good doctors, Cardiac surgery, Specialists, Changes in Lubbock medicine, Managed care's effects, Hospital staffs, Doctors' scrutinized, Gate keeper, Contractual arrangements, Treating students, Students' attitudes, Injuries, Effects of low co-payments, Early interest in medicine, Boyhood work, Parental influence, Education's influence, Mother's teaching, Boyhood doctor, Dr. Elder, Father's appendicitis, Medical training in Air Force, Major Dave O'mara

Tape 1, Side 2: Capps, Harold (continued), Air Force (continued), Changes in medical practice (again), Technology, Laboratory work, Training, Specialties, Characteristics, Lubbock 'pioneer' doctors, Dr. A. W. Bronwell, Dr. Randolph Rutledge, Dr. Emery (?), Dr. Gregory in Abernathy, Changes in medical practice (again), Alternative medical practice, Chiropractics, Treating migrant workers, Treating college students, Nurse practitioners, Kay Hawley, Spur Rural Health Clinic, Training, Competency, Treating college students (again), Abortion, Options, Society changes, AIDS, Background, 1983, Protective measures for doctors, Hepatitis, Medical organizations, Lubbock, Crosby, Garza County Medical Society, Texas Medical Association, Academy of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), Health insurance, Privatization, Freedom of choice, Examples of people who refuse treatment, Collecting payments, Medicaid, Medicare, CLIA - government regulatory agency over labs, Effect on lab work

Tape 2, Side 1: Capps, Harold (continued), Medicare (continued), Restrictions on treatment, Attitude of agency, Fines and criminalization of doctors, 'Unamerican', HMOs, Inspections, Threat to doctors' freedom, Influence of government, insurance, and hospitals, Conflict of expectations, American Medical Association (AMA), Opposition, Extravagances, Views on abortion, Views on euthanasia, Political action, AAPS, Privatization of health care, Advice for aspiring doctors, Fewer financial rewards, Idalou, Texas, emergency medical service, Dedication shown, Nurse practitioners (again), Personal retrospection and acknowledgements

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: ca. 1946-1998

Bulk Dates: ca. 1977-1998

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