Rhoades, Dr Dale R 1997-08-22

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Dr. Rhoades reminisces about his experience as a small-town doctor in Crosbyton, Texas. He also includes his views and opinions on a number of medically related topics.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Dr. Dale R. Rhoades

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: August 22, 1997

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Gene B. Preuss

Length: 1 hour 25 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1 Background, Born: July 15, 1921, in Cheyenne Wells, Colorado, Father, U. S. Cavalry trooper, Minor league baseball, Abilene High School, Crosbyton Hospital (1947), Preference for small town, San Marcos Junior High, Medical practice in Crosbyton, College at Hardin-Simmons, Water Board Chief Chemist in San Antonio, Texas, Chlorinating water, World War II, Army officer, Attended medical school in Galveston, Texas, Combat ready, Medical advances, Tetanus vaccine, Facial reconstruction, Community hospitals, Army surplus supplies, Crosbyton Hospital (c. 1950), Description, Returning veterans’ impact on communities, Dr. Milo Snodgrass, Dale Rhoades (again), Crosbyton medical practice, Small town, Wives’ opposition, Dr. Kirk Chandler, Dr. Steve Alley, Long hours, Nurses, World War II training, Specialists lacking, Lubbock cardiology unit, Emergency care, Early Lubbock doctors, Race relations and medical care, Charity medicine, Crosbyton Hospital, Lubbock as a regional medical center, Merger with St. Mary’s Hospital, Profits vs. medical care, Medicare/Medicaid effects, Cost restrictions, Bureaucratical, Managed care, Health maintenance organizations, Methodist/St. Mary’s, ‘Christian’ philosophy, Merger, Partnership with University Medical Center, Lyndon B. Johnson in San Marcos, Campaigning, Sam Rayburn trained.

Tape 1, Side 2: Dale Rhoades (again), "Rhoades babies" reunion, Community participation, Small town life (again), Views on West Texas, Football team anecdote, Doctoring in small towns, Football physicals, Political involvement, Lloyd Bentson, Charles Stenholm, John Montford, Honored by Lubbock medical community, Medical qualifications, Family doctors’ training, Small town medical practice, Continuity, Changes in medicine, Penicillin, Abuse of antibiotics, Staff infections, New drugs, HIV-progress in treating, Migrant workers medical care, Farm work hazards, Abortion—personal views, Women at work in World War II, Wartime productivity, Dale Rhoades retrospective, Life key turning points, Mother’s death, Dedication to medicine, Sir William Osler –"father of bedside teaching", Doctors’ wives, Wife costume creations.

Tape 2, Side 1: Dale Rhoades, retrospective (continued), "Human carpenter", Dangers of violence, Father (again), African-American doctors, Advice for young people, Attitudes toward doctors changing, Litigation, U. S. medical care compared, Dale Rhodes, retrospective (again), Medical care’s high cost, On life, Younger doctors and families, HMOs, Increased complexity, U. S. medical compared (again), Medical care rationing in the future (?), Government should stay out, 'Formularies', Dale Rhodes (again), Retirement, Quality Assurance, Future for Lubbock medicine, Traits of a ‘good’ doctor.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1921-1998

Bulk Dates: 1950-1990

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