Daniel Labby, M.D. was a physician and educator who began his career with the University of Oregon Medical School (UOMS) in 1947 (after having graduated from UOMS in 1939). Additionally, he was a founder of the OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care. In this interview, Labby describes his experiences as a medical student at UOMS in the late 1930s and the interruption of his education by World War II. He goes on to discuss trends in medical education after WWII and the eventual consolidation of the three medical schools into a University. In the second half of the interview, Labby shifts his focus to physician-patient relations, medical education, and medical ethics, especially the evolution of the medical curriculum at OHSU. Labby also discusses the social implications of medical education, including topics such as women in health care, abortion, and human sexuality. He concludes with a focus on the need for a balanced curriculum capable of producing both clinicians and researchers.
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