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Oregon Health & Science University

Table of Contents

Early Life; Choosing Medicine; Army Service; Medical School; Family Medicine Residency; Emergence of Family Medicine; Sweet Home, Oregon; Joining OHSU; Robert B. Taylor; Controversies in Medicine; Women in Medicine; Teaching Medicine; Medical Manpower; Family Medicine; Future of Medicine; Death with Dignity Act; Future of Family Medicine; Index


William L. Toffler was born in Ft. Knox, Kentucky and educated at the University of Notre Dame (B.A., 1971) and the Medical College of Virginia (M.D., 1976). He completed a residency in family medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (1979). He maintained a private practice in Sweet Home, Oregon. Toffler joined the faculty of OHSU as Director of Family Practice Patient Care Services in 1985. Here, Toffler talks about his career in private practice and his tenure as a faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine at OHSU. He discusses his opinions and experience with physician-assisted suicide and his role in the debates surrounding Oregon's Death with Dignity Act.


Transcript of oral history interview with William Toffler, M.D., conducted on June 3, 2008 by Jim Kronenberg


OHSU Oral History Project




School of Medicine


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