Collection OH050 - Harriet Smith Kaplan Oral History


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Harriet Smith Kaplan Oral History


  • 5/6/1981 (Creation)


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(Born 1929)

Biographical history

Harriet Smith Kaplan was a psychiatrist, born 1929. Kaplan received her medical degree from the Washington University School of Medicine in 1956. After several years of practice in internal medicine, Kaplan entered a residency in psychiatry at the Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and was certified as a psychiatrist in 1979. From 1973 to 1988 Kaplan served as the head physician of the Consultation-Liaison Service in the Department of Psychiatry at Harbor/UCLA Medical Center.

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Kaplan discusses her experiences as a female medical student at Washington University School of Medicine in the 1950s, her internship at San Francisco General Hospital, her work in nuclear medicine and psychiatry, and colleagues and teachers such as Arthur Kornberg. She also compares medical students of the 1950s to those of the 1970s and 1980s. Interviewed by Paul Anderson on May 6, 1981. OH050. Approximate Length 77 minutes.

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The collection is open and accessible for research.

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Item description, Reference Code, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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"Describing Archives: A Content Standard, Second Edition (DACS), 2013."

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