W. Banks Anderson Teaching Films, 1950s-1960s

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Anderson, W. Banks (William Banks)
Contains the teaching films of W. Banks Anderson Sr. (1897-1977), professor of ophthalmology and first ophthalmologist at Duke University Medical Center. Materials include 16mm teaching films and their accompanying notes. Materials date from the 1950s to the 1960s.
1.68 Linear Feet (1 carton, 6 film canisters)
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Contains 16mm teaching films and accompanying notes pertaining to Anderson's teaching career at Duke. Materials date from the 1950s to the 1960s.

Biographical / historical:

William Banks Anderson was born on December 18, 1897 in Haw River, North Carolina, to William Holt Anderson and Mary Almira (Banks) Anderson. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1920. He then went on to receive his MD from John Hopkins University School of Medicine. Anderson completed postgraduate training at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in 1927. He then served as an associate at McPherson Hospital (which would later become the North Carolina Eye and Ear and the North Carolina Specialty Hospital) until 1937, when he was appointed Associate Professor of Surgery in charge of Ophthalmology at Duke University Medical Center. In 1949, Anderson became Professor of Ophthalmology and Chief of the Division of Ophthalmology. In 1962, Anderson obtained one of the earliest fundus cameras available and a Zeiss xenon arc photocoagulator for treatment of diabetic retinopathy and retinal tears. Anderson retired from Duke University in 1965.
Anderson was elected to the American Ophthalmological Society in 1946, with his candidate's thesis being an exhaustive and conclusive study of the ocular effects of workers manufacturing hydroquinone. He became chairman of the American Ophthalmological Society in 1969. He served on the American Board of Ophthalmology from 1958 to 1966, when he was elected as chairman. He was a chairman of the American College of Surgeons Advisory Board from 1958 to 1963. Anderson published more than thirty papers over the course of his career.
William Banks Anderson married Mildred Everett on October 18, 1927. They had three children. Two of his sons were also physicians at Duke. His son William Banks Anderson Jr. was an ophthalmologist and his son Edward Everett Anderson was a urologist. Anderson died on May 19, 1977 in Durham, North Carolina.

Acquisition information:
Accession A2007.017 (gift by William Banks Anderson Jr., January 2007)
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Processed by Archives staff: date unknown

Organized into the following series: Films, 1950s-1960s.
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Personal Name(s):
Anderson, W. Banks (William Banks)
Corporate Name(s):
Duke University. Medical Center
Duke University. School of Medicine
Topical Term(s):
Education, Medical.


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Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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[Identification of item], W. Banks Anderson Teaching Films, Duke University Medical Center Archives.