Interview, October 31, 2003

Duke University. Medical Center. Archives.
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Dr. Berlin speaks about his background; his enrollment at Duke University as an accelerated wartime student; continuing his education after serving in the military in Japan; his enrollment at Duke University School of Medicine; his internship and residency; his return to Savannah; serving as team doctor for college teams and for the Savannah Braves, the local high school baseball team; his return to Duke in 1979; reasons for coming to Duke; his parents' emigration to America; his impressions of Duke; his impressions at the time of the controversy about the replacement of Duke president Robert Flowers with Holliss Edens; his Jewish heritage not being a problem at Duke; his father's interaction with a dean who made prejudiced remarks to him; he and his roommate choosing not to enter a Jewish fraternity on campus; his social life on campus; meeting his wife in the Duke choir; his wife working at Liggett and Myers while he completed his residency; his role in the war; his decision at this time to be a doctor; his choice not to go to the University of Georgia School of Medicine because of the competitive atmosphere among medical students; the "whispered" quota of Jewish students in the medical school; the curriculum during his medical school days; the camaraderie among medical students; his internship at Duke; working with Dr. Eugene Stead; the segregation of the wards; the people at Duke who had the greatest impact on him; Dr. Walter Kempner as being the reason that Duke came so far so fast; his internship with Dr. Kempner; Dr. Joseph Beard; Dr. Wilburt Davison; working with public patients; coming back to Duke after having been in Savannah; working with Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski; Duke North; working at the Durham VA hospital; and his retirement.


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