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Robert L. Phillips Collection

 

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About Robert L. 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.

 

About the collection

 

The Robert L. Phillips Collection consists of research materials, clippings, subject files, correspondence, letters, writings, manuscripts, and photographs related to the history of health and medicine in Greensboro and Guilford County, N.C. The bulk of the collection is comprised of research materials used by Phillips in writing his books. Other materials relate to his career as neurosurgeon at the Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital and his involvement with the Greensboro Medical Historical Library. Some of the subjects represented in the collection include physicians, hospitals, sanitariums, tobacco, smoking, fluoride, integration, medical training, the Moses H. Cone Health System, and the Greensboro Medical Historical Library.

 

Only the portions of this collection specifically relating to the history of medical practice in Greensboro will be digitized. Dr. Phillips' sibject files pertaning to other issues are available for viewing onsite at the Cone Health Medical Library.

 

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