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Dr. Lewis Sumner Thorp, a white man born in Rocky Mount, talks about his young adult years working at a Navy hospital in Maine. He then recalls his time working at Rocky Mount’s Park View Hospital, the main medical center before the establishment of Nash General Hospital in 1971. Dr. Thorp describes both the hospital’s core principles and certain medical procedures and research, including spinal taps, the area’s first use of Penicillin, a paper on shotgun wounds to the abdomen, and using table salt to raise a patient’s critically low sodium levels. Park View Hospital was segregated while Dr. Thorp worked there, and he briefly discusses the small wooden-frame building behind the main hospital where doctors treated Black patients. He also describes the synergistic relationship between Park View Hospital and the nearby Boice-Willis Clinic (started by Dr. Edmund Simpson Boice and Dr. Byrd Charles Willis). Dr. Thorp shares personal stories about these and other hospital physicians, including Dr. Bob Lindsey, Dr. Clayman Smith, Dr. Newsom Battle, Dr. Margaret Battle, Dr. H. L. Large (urologist), William Boone (pediatrician), and Adam Thorp. He also mentions community members John Gerlinger (Park View hospital pharmacist), V. Gehrt (a local psychiatrist and alternative medicine practitioner), and attorneys Ken Battle and Joe Brewer Sr. (members of the hospital’s board). Additional locations discussed are Thompson’s Pharmacy, the State brothers’ clinic and small hospital, and brothers Dr. Lem Kornegay and Dr. Bob Kornegay’s Rocky Mount Sanitarium.





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