|Title||Oral History of Rodney Hartman|
|Scope & Content||
In this oral history interview, well-rounded and ever-active physician Rodney B. Hartman reflects on over forty years of medical practice in Mill Valley. After a "crash course" educational experience as a young doctor at San Quentin prison, Rodney transitioned to private practice in Belvedere, and then Mill Valley, during the 1930s. Rodney reflects upon the ups and downs of local medicine with vivid and detailed anecdotes, including the emergency delivery of two babies in Lytton Square during WWII, and that of Stalin's granddaughter in 1971. A proud general practitioner, Rodney's discussion with interviewer Carl Mosher touches on quality of life, disease prevention, psychosomatic illness, and observations and benefits of "alternative" pain management practices from elsewhere in the world. Rodney's scope is both national and local as he speaks frankly about topics ranging from the U.S. healthcare system to Mill Valley's treatment of its Japanese American population after the attack on Pearl Harbor. In his assessment of a lifetime of hard work, Rodney reiterates that medical care is more than just a science - it's an art.
Editor's note: The recording and transcript differ for this oral history. The recording ends on page 53 of the transcript.
|Audio and Transcript||
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|Dates of Creation||
|Narrator's name||Hartman, Rodney|
|Extent and Medium||
Hartman, Harriet Cowan
Hartman, Harriet Kostic
San Quentin State Prison
Stalina, Svetlana (Lana Peters)
World War II
|Copyrights||Transcript and recording copyright Mill Valley Public Library, 1978. Materials are made available for research purposes only; all rights are reserved to the Mill Valley Public Library. Requests for permission to quote for publication or for any other usage must be obtained from the Library.|