Interview with Augustus M. Tanaka, M.D. Public Deposited

Augustus M. Tanaka, M.D. (1923-2015), known as Gus, was a physician who spent the bulk of his career practicing in Ontario, OR. Dr. Tanaka was attending Reed College when the bombing of Pearl Harbor took place. He recounts the events afterwards: his father being taken by the FBI, he and his family being sent to the Minidoka Relocation Center in Idaho, and transferring out of the incarceration center to Haverford College only to then be drafted into the Army. After the war, Tanaka went on to medical school at the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. Upon completing his medical training, he settled in Ontario, OR, joining his father, a graduate of the University of Oregon Medical School, in medical practice. In discussing his career in the region, Tanaka focuses on rural medicine and the changes he has seen over the years as well as some focus on the business aspects of running a medical practice.

Publication Date
  • 2001-06-12
Document type
  • History of Medicine in Oregon project, 2004-005


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