Sheffield, Dr Roy S 1997-06-24

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Dr. Sheffield, one of Lubbock’s earliest internal medicine specialists, recalls his medical career. He includes his perspective on old-time doctors, changes and controversial issues.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Dr. Roy S. Sheffield

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: June 24, 1997

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Fred Allison

Length: 1 hour 25 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Background, Influence of mother, Raised in Dallas, Texas, Schooling, University of Texas—Pre-med, Baylor Medical School, Interned at Baylor Hospital, Met future wife, Work at Veterans’ hospitals, Mentor—Dr. Tinsley Harrison, Influence on career choice, Associate of Dr. William Gordon, Lubbock, cardiologist, Changes in practice of cardiology, Catheter development, Practice in outlying communities, Roy S. Sheffield (again), Private practice (1954), Lubbock Memorial Hospital, Treating pioneer doctors, Dr. J. T. Hutchinson, Character/reputation, Anecdotes, Dr. M. C. Overton, Character/reputation, Wesley Foundation, Philanthropy, Catheter development (again), Dr. Sam King brought to Lubbock, Teaching by Dr. Joe Arrington, Dr. J. T. Krueger anecdote, Opinion of new doctors by old-time doctors, Receptivity, Dr. Sam Dunn views, Drs. Krueger, Hutchinson, Overton’s views, Methodist Hospital opening, Effect of Korean War, Transfer to Methodist Church, Sheffield’s move to, Changes in medical training, Example of Dr. Krueger, World War I name change, Trained at Mayo Clinic, Showman, Texas Tech Medical School, Conflict with town doctors, Dr. George Brewer at Methodist Hospital, Sheffield’s views, Medical students at Methodist Hospital, Roy S. Sheffield (again), House calls—anecdote (1953).

Tape 1, Side 2: Roy S. Sheffield (continued), House call (continued), Outlying hospitals, Change in quality, Anecdote, young girl, Abortion, Discontinuance reasons, Medicare effects, Home nursing service, Opinion on Medicare/Medicaid, Effects of Depression, Democratic Party, American Medical Association opposition, Misuse, Homebound nursing misuse, New doctors’ attitudes, Idealism, Anecdote, black man’s heart care, Dr. Selby, Court case, Minority medical care (1950s), Segregated facilities, Dr. Loving, Changes with Civil Rights movement, Black nurses, Dr. J. A. Chatman, Anecdote, Changes with Civil Rights movement (again), Lubbock reaction, Roy S. Sheffield, views, Homosexuality, Liberalism, Lubbock tornado, Community reaction, Blessing of, Destruction, Lack of water, Anecdote about Dr. Bronwell, AIDS epidemic.

Tape 2, Side 1: Roy S. Sheffield views (continued), Legalization of abortion, Planned Parenthood, Personal choice, Sarah Weddington, Roe v Wade, Third trimester, Parental notification and suicide, Personal experience, HMOs, Methodist Management Group, Relation to Medicare, Efficiency, Lubbock as regional medical center, Texas Tech Medical School, Preston Smith, Representative W. S. Heatley, Doctors for West Texas, Dr. Brandon Hull, Anecdote about Dr. Buessler, ‘Town and Gown’ conflict, Competition, More money for medical school, Methodist and St. Mary’s hospitals alliance, West Texas Hospital and Lubbock Memorial, Competition, Transition, Old time doctors, Dr. Overton (again) and daughter Nan West, Anecdote about bank, Vision of Lubbock medicine, Dr. Krueger’s recruiting policy, Specialists, Dr. Hutchinson on draft board, World War II, World War II’s impact, Antibiotics, Eradication of diseases, Evolution toward practice of medicine to preventative care, Roy S. Sheffield, views (again), Tobacco, Advise to aspiring doctors.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1920-1997

Bulk Dates: 1950s

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