Veterans Administration Records, 1946-1960

Forbus, Wiley Davis
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Series includes the records accumulated by Forbus during his duties inspecting laboratory services as Branch Section Chief in Pathology (Southeast) and Area Consultant (Atlanta). The Veterans Administration was created in 1930 to consolidate medical services into an integrated health care system for US veterans. After WWII, the VA system expanded and a policy was developed to affiliate new VA hospitals (VAH) with medical schools. The records in this series and related records in the Duke University Committees series give a concrete example of this process with the building of the Durham VAH and its affiliation with Duke School of Medicine. Forbus developed the enlargement of the Pathology of Duke Medical School in student teaching, resident training, experience in clinical pathology, academic pathology, research and laboratory patient care in the new Durham VAH. The Duke Pathology Department, Medical School, and Dean's Committee had responsibility for the professional staff appointments and educational program of the laboratory service of the VA Hospital. VAH staff members of the Laboratory Service contributed to the medical school second year teaching program. Research publications were credited to both the VA and Duke University.1 Records relating to the evaluation of pathology departments and by extension other aspects of the institutions of many regional VA hospitals and regional offices are included in this series, filed by institution name or location. Records include reports, correspondence, surveys, blueprints, staff rosters, and training activities among others. Some records were removed to the Restricted Files series, labeled with the same file name. Care was taken to note the removal on the outside of the folder. Materials date from 1946 to 1960.


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