Collection OH025 - Walter R. Peterson Oral History


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Walter R. Peterson Oral History


  • 5/14/1976 (Creation)


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Walter Peterson was an orthopedic surgeon, born 1900. Peterson received his medical degree from the Washington University School of Medicine in 1926. After a residency at the New York Orthopedic Hospital, Peterson entered private practice in Trenton, New Jersey. In addition, he served on the clinical faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine for almost 30 years.

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Peterson tells of some of his experiences as a student at the Washington University School of Medicine in the 1920s and faculty members such as Evarts A. Graham. He describes his internships and residencies in St. Louis and New York City, his practice as an orthopedic surgeon in Trenton, New Jersey, and his position as a clinical instructor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Peterson also discusses some of the changes in the practice of orthopedic surgery over the course of his career, the impact of malpractice insurance, and his philosophy of practicing medicine. Interviewed by Darryl Podoll on May 14, 1976. OH025. Approximate Length 37 minutes.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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