Blaine Nashold Oral History Interview, February 13, 2004

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Nashold, Blaine S.

Blaine S. Nashold is professor emeritus of the Department of Surgery, Division of Neurosurgery at Duke University Medical Center.

Contains audiotapes and a transcript of an oral history interview. Major subjects in the interview include neurosurgery; stereotaxic techniques, history, and instrumentation; Guy L. Odom, Eugene A. Stead, and Barnes Woodhall. The interview was conducted on Feb. 13, 2004 by Jessica Roseberry.

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Contains audiotapes and transcript of an oral history interview with Blaine Nashold, professor emeritus of the Division of Neurosurgery at Duke University.

Biographical / historical:

Blaine Sanders Nashold, Jr. was born in 1923 in Lennox, South Dakota. He went to the University of Indiana and studied bacteriology (there he obtained his bachelor's degree) and then Ohio State University where he received his master's degree in the study of bacteriology. In 1949, Dr. Nashold graduated with an MD from Louisville State University. It was at this time that he became interested in neurosurgery. Dr. Nashold went to Montreal for his residency and fellowship at the Montreal General Hospital and the Queen Mary Hospital. From 1953-1955, before his service in the Navy during the Korean War suspended his studies for two and a half years, he trained in neurosurgery at McGill University, where he obtained a M.Sc. degree. After returning from the Navy, Dr. Nashold resumed neurosurgery preparation at Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After joining the faculty at Duke, he became involved in the field of stereotactic surgery, which, based on the Cartesian principle of measurement, utilizes instruments to locate specific points within the brain on which the neurosurgeon will operate. Dr. Nashold introduced these surgeries to Duke and performed the first of them in the South. He began to collect these instruments from around the world, and parts of his collection can be found on permanent exhibit in the Duke University Medical Center Library. Dr. Nashold was a founding member of the American Stereotactic Surgery and the president of this organization. He was also president of the World Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. Dr. Nashold received the Speigel-Wycis gold medal in 1993 for his contributions to neurosurgery. [From the Society of Neurological Surgeons web site:]

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Gift; 2004.
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Processed by Jessica Roseberry, June 2004 Encoded by Emily Glenn, November 2004

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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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