Ryburn, Dr Frank M Jr 1998-06-19

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Lubbock physician Frank Ryburn Jr. talks about his involvement in the medical field and changes that have taken place in medicine since he has been practicing.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Dr. Frank M. Ryburn Jr.

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: June 19, 1998

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Gene Preuss

Length: 1 hour 50 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Background, Frank M. Ryburn, Jr., Born: Gasaway, West Virginia on April 23, 1923, Frank and Nancy Reed, Both from Washington County, Virginia, Both were farmers, Father was a Presbyterian minister, Grew up in South Charleston, West Virginia, Hampton City College (1941), University of Virginia School of Medicine, Reasons for moving to Texas, Toured the south and southwest regions of the country, Looking for an internship, Interned in Dallas, Texas, World War II, Army Reserves, Infantry (1943), Training, Camp Croft, South Carolina, Sent back to school to learn medicine for Army, Started medical school in 1944, Frank Ryburn, Jr., Reasons for wanting to become a physician, Religion, Presbyterian, High school teachers, Daisy Chapman, Woodrow Wilson, Opinions, Frank Ryburn, Sr., Tour of the south and southwest regions of the country (again), Reasons, Jacksonville, Texas (1948), Married, Wife attended Baylor Nursing School, Pentravis Memorial Hospital, Dr. J. M. Travis, Director of Texas Medical Association, First physician to use insulin in Texas, Frank Ryburn Jr. (again), Korean War, First physician in Texas to be called up, Sent to Red River Arsenal outside of Texarkana,, Texas (2 years), Hospital Commander, Residency at Baylor Hospital (Dallas, Texas), Internal medicine, Moved to Lubbock in 1955, Anecdote, Lubbock, Texas, Methodist Hospital, Dr. Byron Madison, Closed system of hospitals, Operation of the closed system.

Tape 1, Side 2: Early doctors in Lubbock, Texas, Dr. M. C. Overton, Dr. J. T. Hutchinson, Opinions, Characteristics, Dr. Krueger, Opinions, Dr. Chatman, Opinions, Chatman Hospital (Chatman Hill), Baylor School of Medicine, Moved to Houston, Minority patients, Baylor Hospital (again), Indigent patients, Methodist Hospital (again), Medical fees, Medicare, increasing costs, Medicine, Changes during and since World War II, Penicillin, Streptomycin, Tuberculosis, Internal Medicine specialists, Duties, Non-surgical illnesses, Lubbock, Texas, Internists, Started education fund for a Lectureship at Methodist Hospital, Brandon Hall, Helped start Texas Tech University School of Medicine, Texas Tech University School of Medicine, Clinical faculty, Non-academic trainers, Support for the medical school, Opposition of the medical school, Surgeons, Dr. J. A. Buessler, Characteristics, Changes in the community due to the medical school, Increasing size of the medical community, Lubbock medical community, Increasing size, Better medical care.

Tape 2, Side 1: Frank Ryburn, Jr. (again), Role in the medical community, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Thomas Jefferson, Organized the faculty (1819), Anecdote, Medical scene, Baylor Hospital, Medical community (Dallas, Texas), Opinions, Lubbock medical community (again), Opinions, Nursing profession, Opinions, Duties, Nurse practitioners, Problems, Physicians assistants, Duties, Lubbock, Texas, Tornado of 1970, Recollections, Victims, Stories, 26 deaths, 400 businesses destroyed, Water shortage, Damage to downtown, Southwest Medical School, Research work on infections on tornado victims, Internal medicine, Abortion, Effects on internal medicine, Aids, Hospice of Lubbock, Texas, Medical director since retirement, Aids (again), Victim situations, HMOs, Beginnings, Opposition in Lubbock, Medical Field, Changes, Intensive Care Units, Dr. Jerry (?) Sturman, Opinions, Started the first Intensive Care Unit in Lubbock.

Tape 2, Side 2: Medical field (continued), Changes, Antibiotics, New technology, Pacemakers, Scenography, Scanning, Angiographic, New drugs, Breast cancer, Tuberculosis, AIDS, Treatment, Direction of modern medicine, Advice to people interested in a career in medicine, Hospice, Dealing with patients, Nursing profession (again), Opinion, [For about 3 or 4 minutes they are talking about prominent people in the Lubbock area and people the Southwest Collection should interview.], Clifford Jones, Opinions, Reflections on career.

Range Dates: 1923-1998

Bulk Dates: 1955-1998

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