Montgomery, Dr C L 1997-06-17

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Dr. C. L. Montgomery, family practitioner, reminisces about his career in Lubbock area medicine. He discusses changes in medical care, government programs and the Lubbock tornado of 1970, the night of which he oversaw operations in West Texas Hospital’s emergency room.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Dr. C.L. Montgomery

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: Jube 17, 1997

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Fred Allison

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Background, Born: Waco, Texas, Raised in Austin, Texas, Father taught at University of Texas, Graduated from University of Texas, Graduated from UT Medical School at Galveston U. S. Navy, Aviation medicine, Flight training, Worked on developing pressure suit for high altitude flight, Moved to Lubbock (1957), Navy experience and flying (again), Developments in Aeromedical research, Early interest in medicine, Parental support, Reasons for move to Lubbock, Medical care past with present in Lubbock compared, Competition, Methodist and West Texas hospitals used buying stock, Old-time doctors, Dr. J. T. Krueger, Methodist Hospital, Changes in hospital/medicine, Equipment/supplies, Diuretics, Anti-diabetics, Allergy treatment, Small community hospitals, Going out of business, Improvements in transportation, Stenholm’s Congressional district, Emergency medical services, Effect of Medicare, Unattractiveness to doctors, Government involvement in medicine, City health departments, Benefit to indigent and aged, Hospitals’ practices before, Emergencies, Minority medical care, Under-serviced now and then, Segregated hospitals, Chatman Hospital, Methodist and West Texas hospitals & their policies, Hispanics, Changes with time, George Brewer’s memo to abolish segregation at Methodist, Medicare/Medicaid, Physicians got paid, Aged hospitalization, Cost "monster", Longer life spans, Inflation, Quickness to go to doctor, Family practice changes, Immunization, Prenatal care, Family size, AIDS epidemic, Lung cancer among women, Rural population, Attitudes of new doctors, Communications, Emergency room, House calls, Golden Age of medicine, Advances, Penicillin—Sir Arthur Fleming, Lubbock tornado, Montgomery—Chief of Staff on call at West Texas, Hospital, 134 paitents treated, Deaths/injuries, Eye injuries, Dr. John P. Jones, Black ambulance service, Mr. Jamison, Reese Air Force Base volunteers, Dr. Attar’s nose injury, Downed electric lines, C. L. Montgomery, Medical societies membership, Chiropractors and American Medical Society, Increasing number of medical students, Economics, Maturity level, Training, Few changes.

Tape 1, Side 2: Medical students (continued), Training (continued), Computer technology, Old time doctors attitudes to new doctors in 50s, Work ethic, Financial motivation, Lubbock as a medical center, Comparison to other cities, Hospitals’ marketing efforts, Specialists, Growth in medical personnel, GI Bill, Lubbock’s attractiveness, Hospital competition, HMOs, Future of, Direct contracts, Indigent health care (again), Medicaid’s effects, AIDS epidemic (again), Demographic changes, Abortion controversy, Witnessed blotched abortions, C. L. Montgomery (again), Looking back, Advice for new medical students, Lubbock tornado (again), Injuries (again), Warning, Eyewitness accounts, Volunteerism.

Range Dates: 1930-1997

Bulk Dates: 1960s-1970s

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