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The earliest doctors came to the Pacific Northwest with the explorers and fur traders. They were truly piorreers. In 1923 Dr. Olaf Larsell, professor of anatomy at the University of Oregon Medical School, initiated a medical history club of the-Medical School of the University of Oregon. From this nucleus came a survey of the growth of medicine in Oregon and in the Northwest which makes this history one of the most adequate and competent in the field of the history of medicine as it covers various portions of the United States. Here is the detailed story of the medical missionaries, including the fascinating account of the Whitman Mission, already available in other published works. The biographies of individual physicians who participated in the care of the sick in the Northwest, the developments in public health and in medical science, the regulation of medical practice and the epidemiology are all fully
The Doctor in Oregon: A Medical History. JAMA. 1948;137(14):1265. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890480085041