Oral Histories

Interview of William P. Longmire

UCLA professor of surgery.
Creating the Department of Surgery at the UCLA School of Medicine
UCLA and University of California History
Science, Medicine, and Technology
UCLA Faculty
Biographical Note:
UCLA professor of surgery.
Galm, Bernard
Longmire, William P.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
in Germany; return in 1950 to first class of students at UCLA; Fritz Linder; drafted into the United States Army; discussion with Blalock in London; meetings with air force leaders in Paris; moves to Wiesbaden for military duty; work as air force surgical consultant; attendance at Middle East Medical Symposium in Beirut; trips in Middle East; course at University of Edinburgh; return to United States; advocates a year of governmental medical service for young doctors; returns to UCLA; local medical community relations with UCLA; School of Medicine's budgetary considerations; issue of faculty appointments; university use of hospital income; the Blalock Foundation; re-muneration of faculty for private patient care; development of residency program at UCLA; the surgical training program; appointment of Sherman M. Mellinkoff as dean of the medical school; relationship between Mellinkoff and Warren; the medical school during the sixties; women in medicine; women in the UCLA surgical residency program; residency program hospital rotations; serves as chairman of search committee for chief of surgery; construction of UCLA medical school and hospital buildings; Hazel Wilson contributes money for a pavilion; retires as chairman of surgery; membership in professional associations; controversy over creation of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract; fear that the American Society of Abdominal Surgery might take over the American College of Surgeons; president of Society of Surgical Chairmen; regent of the American College of Surgeons; president of American College of Surgeons; president of American Surgical Association; quality control in surgery; Royal College of Surgeons; American Board of Surgery; the American Medical Association's Council on Medical Education and the Flexner Report; development of the National Institutes of Health; participation in scientific advisory groups; publication of papers and books; influence of University of Rochester graduates on UCLA School of Medicine; appointment of Stern as chief of neurosurgery; trip to the Far East as consultant to the air force; Clark Air Force Base in the Philippine Islands; trip to Japan; Moscow visit; Boris Petrov; trip to People's Republic of China; health care in China under the communists; use of acupuncture; special honors received; celebration upon retirement; Longmire visiting professorship and lectureship; Longmire Surgery Medal; Distinguished Physician for the Veterans Administration; relationship with patients.