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Oregon Health & Science University

Table of Contents

Biographical Information; Training For the Ministry; Choosing Science; Pursuing a Master’s Degree; Settling on Physiology; Walter J. Meek; Original Research; Pursuing An M.D. Degree; Coming to Oregon; Teacher and Student; Important Influences; Writing Textbooks; Interning in Detroit; Department of Physiology; Graduate Programs in Physiology; Management Style; Markle Foundation; Looking Back on a Career; Index


In this interview, William B. Youmans, Ph.D., M.D., talks about his education and how he decided to pursue a career in physiology and get a medical degree at the University of Oregon Medical School. He looks back on his long career and discusses his discovery of phenylephrine in the treatment of paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia. Youmans served as Chair of the Department of Physiology at the University of Oregon Medical School from 1946-1952. Born in Mount Healthy, Ohio, in 1926. Educated at Western Kentucky Divinity School, Western Kentucky State College, University of Wisconsin (Ph.D., 1938), and University of Oregon Medical School (M.D., 1944). Completed an internship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Joined the faculty of the University of Oregon Medical School Department of Physiology in 1938 and became chair of the department in 1946. Left UOMS in 1952 to return to Wisconsin as head of the UW-Madison Dept. of Physiology. Main research interest was in autonomic nervous system and visceral reflexes.


Transcript of oral history interview with William Barton Youmans, Ph.D., M.D., conducted on July 18, 1998 by Joan Ash


OHSU Oral History Project




School of Medicine


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