Dr. Lawrence E. Ranta interview : [Oldham, 1976]
- 1976-03 & 04 [date recorded]
Part of West Coast Medical Historical Society oral history collection
CALL NUMBER: T0247:0008 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): History of UBC Medical School : part 1 RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1976-03-25 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Personal history; decision to become a doctor; Dr. Cuthbertson, G.P.; Dr. Oscar Ranta (older brother); sister in medicine; family anecdotes; summer work through 1929 with famous surveyor Eli Stewart; Toronto Medical School 1929, and the changing atmosphere there -- from clinical to research emphasis -- because of Dr. Banting. TRACK 2: Clinical Osler tradition vs. the new research tradition in 1930s at Toronto; class collegue Dr. Omand Solamdt; Drs. Banting and Best; Fred Banting's 1938-1939 public health course at Toronto, and as Connaught lab consultant; Dr. Ranta's work in immunology with Dr. Donald Fraser; Dr. Robert Defries; stories on Banting; effect of Banting on research in Canada, other Canadian medical researchers; polio vaccine and DR. Parker; the "swine flue" and present concern for 1977 epidemic; antibiotics (should be used "like a rifle"); disease and the public. CALL NUMBER: T0247:0009 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): History of UBC Medical School : part 2 RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1976-04-07 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Internship; Dr. Beverley Hanna, Dr. Henry Dole (classmate who became Director of Toronto General Hospital); 1936 diptheria outbreak in York County; immunization and the "smell of diptheria"; Dr. Elliot, chest diagnostician; 1971 rise in Vancouver diptheria; "pale, pasty and poisoned" (1930s term); 1936 polio, scarlet fever, "prontosil"; discovery of dyes as medicine in Germany, 1930s. TR;ACK 2: Russian medicine 1917 on, medical refugees to Canada in 1930s; Koerner brothers inject patronage to Canadian research scene; house physician, St. Michael's, 1937; Toronto school of hygiene; Dr.; Don Fraser, immunologist; Dr. Robert Defries and Dr. Claude Dolman at Connaught lab (research); 1939 move to Vancouver; Connaught lab under Dr. Dolman; provincial lab plans at UBC (halted); World War; II Connaught lab work, lab animals; monkey escapades and capture without tranquilizer darts; animal attendants, 1940s; Dr. Ronny Havers (radiologist); Dr. Bjornesson (US arthritis institute head); Dr.; Bill Kocroft (VGH bacteriologist); Dr. Dolman in 1930s -- food poisoning research; anecdotes about food poisoning in BC; salmonella identification and typing; discovery of "salmonella Vancouver" in late 1940s at Connaught lab on Hornby Street. CALL NUMBER: T0247:0010 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): History of UBC Medical School : part 3 RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1976-04-22 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Idea of UBC medical school; 1946 veteran-student pressure for a medical school, pre-med assoc[iates?], the debate for/against; Dr. Ranta spoke on CBC Radio and at UBC 1946-1947; general feeling "now is the time"; UBC president Dr. N.A.M. Mackenzie, Chancellor Hamber, Dr. Sherwood Lett (supporters); internal-external need; the financial "pie" at UBC; support in Vancouver and from Vancouver; Medical Association; education committee chairman Dr. Panton; Dr. George F. Strong -- character and history, his beliefs put forward strongly in a VMA-commissioned report on possibility of a UBC medical school; Dr. Dolman's study; report by the UBC Board of Governors, 1946; Dr. Strong proposed using existing Vancouver hospitals as teaching hospitals, while Dolman advocated an on-campus hospital; controversy; full-time vs. part-time practicing medical teachers; UBC medical school's standing in Canada; extended care hospital begun on campus, 1975. TRACK 2: Extended care; 1954 U.S. report on long-term patient care; 1976 BC government decision to create 600-bed teaching hospital on campus; larger class size expected. His involvement with bacteriology, 1939-1958; the campus in World War II; the first dean, 1949, Myron Weaver; finding a good personal doctor; Peggy Service, Dean Weaver's secretary; young faculty members; psychiatric treatment in Vancouver, 1914- .