Moore, Dr Robert 1997-08-07

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Dr. Moore recalls his career as a Lubbock pediatrician which began in the 1950s and continued through the 1980s.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Dr. Robert Moore

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: August 07, 1997

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Gene B. Preuss

Length: 1 hour 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Background, Born: September 13, 1925, Kirksville, Missouri, Medical school, Washington University, Early interest in medicine, Father, barber in small town, Article in pediatrics, Mother, housewife and domestic, Great Depression experience, No shoes, Mother’s encouragement, Education, Public schools, Northeast Missouri State Teachers’ College, Medical school, V-12 program (Navy) denied, Korean War, Chief of Pediatrics, Fort Meade, Maryland, Graduated from medical school at age 23, Internship, Cincinnati, Ohio, Washington University (again), Los Alamos, New Mexico, Move to Lubbock, Texas, Hired by Dr. J. D. Donaldson, Dr. Basil Moss introduces future wife (Bernice), Pediatrics, Description, Uniqueness of children, Unique qualities required for pediatricians, Patience, Truthfulness of children, Pediatric practice in Lubbock, c. 1950s, Compared to today, Dr. Arthur Jenkins, Dr. Tenney Mae Lunceford, Dr. Pauline Miller, Dr. Weibell (Midland, Texas)—one of earliest board, certified women doctors, Attitudes toward women doctors, Lubbock hospitals c. 1950s, "Closed" status, Buying stock at West Texas Hospital, Lubbock Memorial Hospital, Changes, Robert Moore (again), Difference in Lubbock medicine, "Generalist" more often, First Chairman of Pediatrics, Texas Tech Medical School, Lubbock’s high infant mortality, High risk newborn nursery acquired, Infant mortality, Respiratory distress syndrome, Oxygen monitoring, Current treatments, High rate among Hispanics, Well Baby Clinic sponsored by Junior League, Indigent care, Hospitals’ reluctance to handle, Public awareness, High risk patients flown to Denver, Colorado, Robert Moore (again), Chairman of Pediatrics at Texas Tech Medical, School (again), Dr. Bob Merrill replaced.

Tape 1, Side 2: Robert Moore (continued), First allergy clinic at medical school, Dr. Mamlock, Allergy practice and training, Lubbock medicine, changes, Specialists, Indigent care (again), Doctors’ responsibility before government, involvement, Emergency room physicians, Doctors taking turns, Robert Moore (again), Views on indigent care, Great Depression, Childhood poverty, Texas Tech Medical School (again), Borrowing money to attend medical school, Dr. Buessler, Town doctors’ opposition to medical school, "Golden Age of Medicine", Doctor/patient relationship, Discoveries, Sulfa and penicillin, Insulin, Cortizone, Less government intrusion, Physicians at fault, Robert Moore (again), Interest in museums and libraries, Medical Foundation Board (Lubbock), David Zucker friendship, Interest in rare documents and books, David Crockett letter, Early interest, Collection, Member of Grolier Club, Technology’s effect on medicine, Allergy reaction detection, Transplantation immunology, Cystic fibrosis, Antibiotics, Tuberculosis, Smallpox, Bright future, Nursing profession, Changes, Respect for physicians, Specialization, Nurse practitioners.

Tape 2, Side 1: Nursing profession (continued), Nurse practitioners (continued), Necessity for rural areas, Physicians’ shortcomings, Government involvement in medicine, Charity medical care before, Increase in physician income, Costs, Increased coverage, Indigent children coverage lacking, Benefits of Medicare/Medicaid, Little opposition to, Robert Moore (again), Views on President Clinton’s health care plan, Wasteage in hospitals, HMOs, "Middlemen", AIDS effect on pediatric practice, Contribution to high cost, Children effected by, "His" children, Lubbock tornado (1970), Emergency plans, Daughters and grandchildren, Grandchild ("Little Ryan" in medical school), Treating them, Retrospection, No regrets, Life has been good, London apartment, Advice for new medical students, Emotional rewards, "Little Ryan" (again), Money as a factor for new doctors.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1925-1998

Bulk Dates: 1955-1975

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