Robyn Wisch of Omaha Public Radio KVNO focused on the perils of internships in the 1930s and the differences in medical training across states in her October 15th interview with the author.

“Fitzgerald said both her parents were training at public hospitals and served the poor under often dangerous conditions.” Each lost months of their internships to serious illness. ‘My father was hospitalized twice with infections on a cut finger and once with Scarlet Fever,’ she said. ‘He was put for three weeks in semi-darkness in a city isolation hospital. My mother contracted tuberculosis on her first rotation in internal medicine.’ …

Nebraska offered rigorous, hands-on training in primary care preparing students for work in rural areas where they’d be pretty much on their own.  … Fitzgerald said her father’s training in Omaha provided a foundation of self-reliance that served him well in his later career.

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