Ullom, Dr William S 1997-06-25

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Dr. Ullom recounts his experiences as a Lubbock ENT physician and an Air Force flight surgeon.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Dr. William S. Ullom

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: June 25, 1997

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Lori Lawson

Length: 1 hour 15 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Background, Born: Stratford, Texas, School, College, West Texas State University, Baylor University pre-med, Tulane University Medical School (1947-51), Internship at Charity Hospital, New Orleans, LA, Marriage, General Practice—Pineville, Louisiana, U. S. Air Force flight surgeon (1953-55), Move to Lubbock, Influence and practice with Dr. Clifford Payne, Own practice (1957), Four children, Residency for Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialty, Dallas, Texas (1965), Return to Lubbock (1969), Grandchildren (13), Daughter adopts Russian child, Background, ENT practice described and background, Antibiotics influence, Head and neck surgery, Microscopic surgery, Ear surgery, Plastic surgery, Hair transplants, Face lifts, Thyroid surgery, Subspecialties, Influence of new technology, MRIs and CTs, William Ullom (again), Interest in ENT, ‘Loner’ tendencies, Ned to become specialist, Lubbock as a regional medical center, Little regional competition, Talented people, Acquisition of technology, Dr. Lloyd Storrs, Early use of microscope, Pioneer in innovative techniques, Cardiovascular surgery, Dr. Don Bricker, Dr. Joe Arrington, Dr. Sam King, Dr. Brandon Hull, Hospitals acquire new technology, X-ray and diagnostic imaging, EMI scanners, Methodist Hospital—first CT scanner in town, MRIs, Doctors’ motivations changes, New doctors still idealistic, Managed care’s effects, Infringements on health care decisions, Example of tonsil surgery, Dr. Storrs’ experience, William S. Ullom (again), Medicare/Medicaid, Personal views, Popular opposition, Government expense/waste, Socialistic, Affiliated with Methodist Hospital.

Tape 1, Side 2: Golden Age of Medicine, Negative effect of taxes, Changes in auxiliary services, Nursing, More responsibility, Laboratories, More automation, Negative effects of managed care, Example of patient with leukemia, Nursing (again), More responsibility (again), Floor supervisors, Face-face nursing done by aides and LNs, William Ullom (again), Tornado experience (1970), Treating injured, Water supply, USAF flight surgeon, Training, Treating flight personnel, Accident investigations, B-47 crash, Description, Causes, Ejection seats, Fighter crash, Base name change, Medical organizations, Lubbock, Crosby, Garza Counties Medical Society (LCGCMS), Texas Medical Society, TEXPAC (political action committee for LCGCMS), Activities, LCGCMS changes, Larger membership, Conducting business, Less camaraderie, Fighting, Roles, HIV treatment, Little experience, OSHA safeguards, Son who is pediatrician experiences in San Antonio, Optimistic for remedy, Medical societies’ membership, Disappointment with American Medical Association (AMA).

Tape 2, Side 1: William Ullom (continued), AMA (continued), Political disagreements, AMA journal cover art, Advice for aspiring doctors, ‘Insatiable’ interest, Medicare (again), Technological advances, Concern about rapid change, Laproscopic surgery, Women in medicine, Managed care (again), Restrictions on X-rays, Dust storm experience (1936), Complete blackness, Dust accumulation, Drought, Effects of World War II, Stepbrother’s photos.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1920-1998

Bulk Dates: 1955-1998

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