Oral history interview with Oscar Ratnoff, 1991


Ratnoff, Oscar (Interviewee)
Oral history interview with Oscar Ratnoff, 1991
Other Titles
Reminiscences of Oscar Ratnoff : oral history, 1991; Oral history of Oscar Ratnoff, 1991
Early interest during medical school in chronic disease; post World War II training in hematology and research; clinical experience with patients with blood clotting disorders and simultaneous research into same; discovery of the difference between Factor VIII and von Willebrand factor; resistance to advent of home treatment of hemophilia with freeze-dried concentrate due to perceived risk of trans mitting hepatitis; advent of AIDS in hemophilia community; discovery of discrepancies in health of immune system based on the use of cryoprecipitate versus lyophilized blood product; resistance to this discovery in the hemophilia community; interest throughout career in questioning popular theories and where that interest came from; work with Dr. David Agle on psychology and blood-clotting disorders; psychosocial aspects of hemophilia treatment, denial, isolation, etc.; resistance to comprehensive care model of hemophilia treatment; other physicians’ resistance to his discoveries; aspects of the hemophilia "community"; future of hemophilia care and perceived drawbacks to new technologies; economic aspects of hemophilia treatment
Collection Name
Hemophilia oral history collection
Hemophilia--History.--United States; Hemophilia--Social aspects; Hemophilia--Political aspects; AIDS (Disease)--History.--United States; Blood--Coagulation; Physicians; Ratnoff, Oscar
oral histories
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transcript: pages
Note (Provenance)
Susan Resnik, Gift, circa 1992
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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