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Dr. Robert L. Phillips and the documentation of Greensboro medical history

About Dr. Phillips

Neurosurgeon, historian, and writer, Robert L. Phillips spent much of his life dedicated to documenting the history of health and medicine in Greensboro and Guilford County, North Carolina. Born in Wheeling, West Virginia, Phillips served in the United States Marine Corps in World War II and later graduated from West Virginia University. He went on to study at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia where he received his M.D. degree. After completing an internship and residency in surgery, he moved to Durham, N.C., where he finished his residency in neurosurgery in 1959. He then moved to Greensboro, N.C., where he lived for the rest of his life.

 

Between 1985 and 2001, Phillips wrote over nineteen books on the history of health and medicine in Greensboro and Guilford County, North Carolina. Using his extensive collection of research materials as a starting point, Phillips established the Greensboro Medical Historical Library in 1985. He continued to collect materials relating to the history of health and medicine in Greensboro and Guilford County, N.C., for the Library until his death in 2003.

 

One of the distinctive aspects of researching with materials related to Dr. Phillips is the sheer size of his collection. However, as he researched many topics related to Greensboro’s history and the practice of medicine in Greensboro, his work and documents make a very good starting point for the researcher of Greensboro’s unique medical history.

 

Navigating the materials for research

All books by Dr. Phillips digitized in the collection

 

Newsletters and short writings

 

Greensboro Historical Medical Library

 

Polio outbreak in Greensboro

 

L. Richardson Memorial Hospital

 

Construction of Greensboro Hospital

 

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Works cited

Phillips, R. L. (2001). Visual medical history of Greensboro. Geensboro, N.C.: The Printworks, Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital Collection, Cone Health Medical Library. http://libcdm1.uncg.edu/cdm/ref/collection/GoodMed/id/2783


Wolfford, A. (2004, January 13). Dr. Robert L. Phillips, ex-surgeon, dead at 78. News & Record. Retrieved May 02, 2017, from http://www.greensboro.com/news/public_safety/dr-robert-l-phillips-ex-surgeon-dead-at/article_04d124d3-8396-5e43-8c93-06b178f86adf.html

 

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