William P. Wilson Papers, 1960-2007

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Wilson, William P.
Contains the records of William P. Wilson from 1976 to 2007 including those from his professional work at Duke and his professional and personal life after his retirement from Duke. Types of materials include correspondence, manuscripts, itinerary for speaking engagements, outlines for lectures, research notes, brochures, pamphlets, photos, clippings and one CD pertaining to the work of Dr. Wilson especially in psychiatry and spiritual healing. Major topics include Duke University, psychiatry and Christianity.
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William P. Wilson was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1922. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from Duke University in 1943 and his M.D. from Duke in 1947. He interned at Gorgas Hospital in the Panama Canal Zone, after which he did his residency in psychiatry at Duke University. Dr. Wilson worked at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1958, but he spent the majority of his medical career at Duke. He was made an Assistant Professor in 1955 and became the Head of the Division of Biological Psychiatry in 1961. In 1964 he was appointed Professor of Psychiatry until his retirement in 1984. He directed the electroencephalographic laboratories from 1961 to 1981. Dr. Wislon closed his psychiatric practice in 2007. In 2010, Dr. Wilson was Distinguished Professor of Pastoral Counseling at Carolina Evangelical Divinity School in High Point, North Carolina and was the Director of the Institute of Christian Growth. Dr. Wilson has authored over 165 scientific articles and co-authored the book, "The Grace to Grow." Dr. Wilson also spent much time overseas in missionary activities in third world nations. He often speaks and writes on the relationship of Christianity, psychiatry and psychology.

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Aquired; A2008-052; 2008
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Processed by Ruth Cody, May 2010 Updated by Dawne Howard Lucas, October 2010

Organized into the following series: Correspondence; Organizations; People; Speaking Engagements; Outlines, Manuscripts, Personal Writings and Reprints; Awards and Certificates; Photos; Ephemera. The series: Organizations contains 4 subseries including Institute of Christian Growth, MANNA, Marshall University and United Methodist Renewal Fellowship Services. Original order of the records has been maintained.Significant photos are listed at item level.
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Personal Name(s):
Wilson, William P.
Corporate Name(s):
Duke University. Medical Center.
Duke University. School of Medicine
Duke University. Department of Psychiatry.
Duke University -- Faculty.
Topical Term(s):
Pastoral Care.


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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], William P. Wilson Papers, Duke University Medical Center Archives.