Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Oral History Interview, 2006

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  • Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans speaks about her memories of what health care was like when she was a young woman; health care for her mother; the former chair of Medicine, Dr. Frederick Hanes; the Hanes family; her interest in, but not necessarily involvement with, the Duke Department of Psychiatry; Dr. H. Keith H. Brodie, former president of Duke University; Dr. Josiah Trent, her first husband; collecting medical history items; the preservation of rare books of this nature; Dr. Trent's appreciation for Duke; Dr. Trent working with conscientious objectors at Duke during WWII; her work in the Department of Social Services; Reba Hobgood, head of the department; socialization within the hospital; the Duke family's involvement with Lincoln Hospital, Durham's hospital for African-American patients; the integration of Lincoln Hospital and Watts Hospital, the hospital for Durham's white patients; the possibility that Dr. Wilburt Davison, former dean of Duke School of Medicine, would become president of Duke University; the relationship between Duke Medical Center and Duke University; Dr. Davison's involvement with the Duke Endowment; Dr. William Anlyan, former leader of Duke Medical Center; Dr. James Semans, her second husband; Dr. Semans's work with sexual dysfunction; Dr. Semans's work with the North Carolina School of the Arts; Dr. Semans's work with the Cultural Services program at Duke Hospital; Dr. John Dees; and Dr. Susan Dees. The transcription of this interview was made possible by a grant from the Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation.
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