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Biographical Information; Navy V-12 Educational Program; Medical School Years at Johns Hopkins; First Blue Baby Operation; Residency in Albany, NY; Working with the CIA; Further Training at Washington University; Coming to Oregon; Division of Neurosurgery; UOMS Administration; Fees For Service; Becoming Division Chief; Department of Surgery; Neurosurgical Residencies; Changes in Neurosurgery; Neurosurgical Faculty; Dr. Henry Schwartz; Residency at UOMS; OHSU Administration; Practice Plan; Memorable Characters at UOMS; Dr. Walter Dandy; Neurosurgeons in Oregon; Sabbaticals in Kenya and Germany; Changes in Medicine; Influential Men at UOMS; Medicine and Law; Neurosurgical Problems; Reflections on a Career; Doctor-Patient Relations; Neurosurgical Careers; Future of Medicine; Index


Harold D. Paxton, M.D., discusses his medical education years, his long career in neurosurgery, and his experiences on the faculty at the University of Oregon Medical School. He comments on the tension between medicine and law, the evolution of the physician-patient relationship, the looming shortage of physicians, and the rise of specialization and its possible impact on the future of the sole practitioner. Dr. Paxton was born in Clay, West Virginia on March 12, 1924. He obtained his medical degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1948 and completed his internship and residencies at Albany Medical Center in New York. Paxton joined the faculty of the University of Oregon Medical School in 1956 and served as Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery from 1966-1987. He was elected to the Society of Neurological Surgeons in 1973. Paxton retired as Professor Emeritus in 1991.


Transcript of oral history interview with Harold D. Paxton, M.D., conducted on June 30, 2004 by Richard Mullins, M.D., and Matthew Simek


OHSU Oral History Project




School of Medicine


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