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Park J. White

Interviewer: Darryl Podoll
Park J. White
Date: January 29, 1979
Identifier: OH036
Approximate Length: 60 min.
Biographical Information: Pediatrician, 1891-1987. White received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1917. White served on the faculty of Washington University School of Medicine from 1921 to 1963, when he retired as professor emeritus of clinical pediatrics. From 1945 to 1965 White was director of the division of pediatrics at Homer G. Phillips Hospital. Known also as a poet, essayist and social reformer, White was a former chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a former president of the St. Louis Pediatric Society, and a member of the St. Louis Conference on Race Relations.
Summary: White discusses his decision to come to St. Louis Children’s Hospital and the Washington University School of Medicine in 1920, and his interaction with Williams McKim Marriott. He describes the medical ethics course he taught for over twenty years. White shares his views on fee-splitting, abortion and birth control, euthanasia, women in medicine, malpractice insurance, and answers a question about his involvement in the integration of the Academy of Pediatrics in the 1940’s. The discussion covers White’s medical practice and treatment of disadvantaged children and the prevalence of lead-poisoning in that population. The interview concludes with White reciting one of his poems.

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