Oral history interview with Alfred, Walter, and Olga Gellhorn, 1975-1981


Gellhorn, Alfred (Interviewee)
Gellhorn, Kitty (Interviewer)
Gellhorn, Olga, Mrs. Alfred (Interviewee)
Gellhorn, Walter, 1906-1995 (Interviewee)
Oral history interview with Alfred, Walter, and Olga Gellhorn, 1975-1981
Other Titles
Reminiscences of Alfred, Walter, and Olga Gellhorn, 1975-1981
Alfred Gellhorn was the principal subject, but his wife Olga and brother Walter participated for a considerable amount of the interview. Topics discussed include: research on nitrogen mustard and treatment for shock, teaching activities, Columbia, 1943-1968; cancer research and treatment at Delafield Hospital, 1949-1968; Director, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, 1968-1973; concerns as Di rector, Center for Biomedical Education, City College of New York, from 1974; controversy concerning ethnic distribution, "reverse discrimination" in admissions policies of biomedical program; related difficulties in program accreditation, funding, curriculum development; push for community medicine; work with Council of International Organizations of the Medical Sciences on bio-ethical issues, human rights, internationalization of drug research, development. Digitized audio only covers sessions 1-10
Collection Name
Individual interviews oral history collection
Educators--United States; Physicians--United States; Medical education--United States; Bioethics--Study and teaching; Community health services; Gellhorn, Alfred; Gellhorn, Olga, Mrs. Alfred; Gellhorn, Walter, 1906-1995; Columbia University; University of Pennsylvania. Medical Center
oral histories; sound recordings
Note (Biographical)
Physician, educator; interviewee married Olga Gellhorn
Note (Funding)
Digital reproduction funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Digitized by Safe Sound Archive, Philadelphia, 2010
Service copy (44 kHz, 16 bit) and rendered version (96 kHz, 24 bit) of sound file derived from a digital preservation master digitized at 96 kHz, 24 bit
Interviewed by Kitty Gellhorn on February 2, 1975, an undated session in the spring, and July 30, 1975; November 20 and November 21, 1976; April 19, April 25, 1977; January 1, January 12, January 16, February 27, and March 6, April 26, and June 7, 197 8. Kitty Gellhorn conducted an additional interview on August 19, 1981, which became an addendum
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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Oral History Archives at Columbia
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