Surman, A C 1968, 1972, 1978

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Dr. A. C. Surman, a physician in Post from 1913 to 1967, describes his career as a small-town doctor and the changes in medical services in the area over the years.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: A.C. Surman

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: June 20, 1968; November 1972; November 14, 1978

Location: Post, Texas

Interviewer: John Abshire, Jan Ranking, Carolyn Matthews, and Bobby Weaver

Length: 2 hours 25 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Autobiographical material, Rock house description, School enrollment, Admission to Texas A & M (1903), Reason for entering medicine, University of Texas Medical School (1908), Pre-med work, Curriculum, Faculty, Post, Texas, Reason for going, Salary, Listing of doctors, Facilities, Public attitude, Surgery, Home, Anesthetic, Attitude, Team, Listing of doctors (again), Home remedies, Pain relievers, OB home incident, Epidemics, Smallpox (1914-1915), Flu (1918), Pneumonia treatment, Development in drugs, Sulfa drugs, Changes in health, Attitude, Fees.

Tape 1, Side 2: Diagnosis, Destructive surgery (OB), OB incident, Horse incident, Autobiographical material.

Tape 2, Side 1: Post Sanitarium, Other Post doctors, Post Sanitarium (again), Office, Operating room, Portable O.R., Instruments, Books, Education, Galveston, Texas (1909-1913), Texas A & M, Application to medical school, Rock House, Texas, Application to A & M, Reasons for being a doctor, Practice, Establishment in Post, West Texas towns, Post, Lubbock, State medical board, Practice (again), Arrival in Post, Drug stores, Home remedies, House calls, Transportation, Births, Anecdote: birth in a boxcar, Surgery, Sterilization, Chloroform, Nurses, Living quarters, Doctor’s tables and equipment, Anecdote, birth, Post-graduate school, World War I, Entered service (1918).

Tape 2, Side 2: World War I (continued), Return to Post, Private practice, Partners, Awards (1953), Retired (1967), [Interview ends], Description of Post Sanitarium, Post Museum, Postex Cotton Mill.

Tape 3, Side 1: To Post, Texas (June 11, 1913), University of Texas graduate, Sanitarium, Post, Texas, Building, Equipment, Patients, House calls, Flu epidemic (1918), Born: Rock House, Texas, Common ailments, Fort Bliss, Texas, Closing of sanitarium, Midwives, Dr. Williams, Dr. Castlebury, Lubbock Hospital, Diagnostician, Partnership with Dr. Williams, First Christmas in Post, Obstetrics cases, Anesthetics, X-ray equipment, Druggist, Nurses, Broken bones, Tonsillectomies, Medical Association, Neighboring towns.

Tape 3, Side 2: Quarantines, "Pest house", Housing, Sandstorms.

Range Dates: 1900-1967

Bulk Dates: 1913-1953

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