Frederick Bernheim and Molly Bernheim Oral History Interview, 1984

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  • Frederick and Mary ("Molly") Bernheim speak about their backgrounds, respectively; how they met; their work, respectively, when they were getting their doctorates; time spent together in Germany in 1929; Frederick Bernheim's work at Johns Hopkins; coming to Duke as members of the original faculty; Dr. George Eadie, who recruited Frederick Bernheim; Frederick Bernheim being asked to teach pharmacology when his field had been primarily biochemistry; Frederick Bernheim's work in trying to integrate pharmacology and biology, which was new field at the time; Mary Bernheim's enjoyment of teaching; Dr. William Perlzweig, who recruited her; Dr. Perlzweig's temperament; teaching in the lab; Frederick Bernheim working on tuberculosis (TB); the small departmental budget and no grants to support research in the early 1930s; how World War II affected their work; many of the preclinical faculty staying to teach as opposed to the clinical faculty, who went overseas as doctors; the Bernheims keeping two English children during wartime; the difference between the general feeling in America about World War II and the Vietnam War; teaching people who came back from World War II; the ample supply of grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) when James Shannon was its director; Frederick Bernheim's research; Mary Bernheim's work in and commitment to the field of nutrition; others at Duke in their respective fields who made contributions; Frederick Bernheim on the academic council; other important Duke contributors in the basic sciences; the development of the curriculum; the numbers of graduate students over the years; Dr. Philip Handler and Dr. Eugene Stead; and the overworking of the medical student. The transcription of this interview was made possible by a grant from the Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation.
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