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Indiana Medicine, 1993


Interviewee
Megenhardt, Dennis September 2, 1992 

Call Number
92-011

Physical Description

46 pages; 3 tapes, 128 minutes; index

Interviewer
Berry, Chad

Access Status

Open

Scope and Content Note

Dr. Dennis Megenhardt, born in 1905, discusses his childhood in Spencer, Indiana, how his family lost their wealth in the Great Depression, and two serious childhood illnesses, typhoid and smallpox, that persuaded him to choose a career in medicine. He speaks of his medical education at the Indiana University School of Medicine and some of his favorite professors. Dr. Megenhardt also discusses his medical service in the United States Army during World War II in England and Italy, with special emphasis on his position as the surgeon of Dwight D. Eisenhower and Winston Churchill. He relates personal anecdotes about each of these men and goes on to comment on his surgical practice in Bloomington, Indiana after returning from the war.

  • Keywords
    • Corporation Names
    • Coleman Hospital
    • Community Hospital
    • Indiana State Normal
    • Indiana University School of Medicine
    • Indianapolis Methodist Hospital
    • Family Names
    • Bayh
    • Megenhardt
    • Occupation Names
    • physician
    • surgeon
    • Personal Names
    • Bayh, Birch E.
    • Churchill, Winston
    • Dodge, Horace
    • Eisenhower, Dwight David
    • Gatch, Willis D.
    • Maulin, Sam
    • Moenkhaus, William J.
    • Myers, Burton Dorr
    • Myers, Charles
    • Place Names
    • Bloomington, Indiana
    • Indianapolis, Indiana
    • Spencer, Indiana
    • Staunton, Indiana
    • Subjects
    • bile peritonitis
    • gall bladder
    • Great Depression
    • malpractice insurance
    • medical changes
    • medical education
    • smallpox
    • surgery
    • teaching
    • typhoid fever
    • World War II