Minnesota Psychiatry in the Mid-to-Late Twentieth Century Oral History Project: Interview with Joseph Westermeyer, M.D., PhD.
Description Dr. Westermeyer has been a private pilot since about the time he started medical school at age 19. After a short stint in family practice, he spent two years in Laos as a volunteer, and became interested in the socio-cultural aspects of medicine. He returned to Minnesota and psychiatric training, ending up with a master's in public health and Ph.Ds in psychiatry and anthropology, all in 1970. Since then, his career has been exclusively in academia, and his contributions have not only been local, but national and even international, with the World Health Organization. Dr. Westermeyer describes his academic evolution in detail, from the accidental start in addiction medicine, which became an enduring theme. He believes a number of "accidental" occurrences led to leadership positions, minimizing his skills and talents. He comments on the changes he has seen and participated in at the University of Minnesota, and the VA Medical Center, Minneapolis, as well as his work in aviation medicine and international public health medicine.
Quantity 33 pages transcript
Format Content Category: text
Creation Interviewer: Cline, Dr. David
Interviewee: Westermeyer, Dr. Joseph
Dates Creation: 06/24/2009
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 124
Accession Number AV2011.14.33
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota Psychiatry in the Mid-to-Late Twentieth Century Oral History Project'

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