Interview with Mary Wiss, February 14, 1979

Project: Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Mary Wiss came to the FNS as medical director in 1965 after having been a Sister of Charity in India and remained with the FNS until 1969. She indicates some of the difficulties she encountered at the FNS concerning personnel and equipment and contrasts those circumstances with her experience in India. Wiss believes that most of the persons seen at district clinics could as easily have come to the hospital, thus eliminating the difficulty and the expense of maintaining these centers. She discusses the attitude of the American Medical Association toward midwives and gives her own perspective. Wiss asserts that the local people, being much more sophisticated than formerly, and many being college educated, could have been given a larger role in the operation of the FNS than they were performing in the late 1960s. Wiss also discusses the incidence of various health problems and of malnutrition.

Interview Accession

1982oh004_fns147

Interviewee Name

Mary Wiss

Interviewer Name

Dale Deaton

Interview Date

1979-02-14

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Wiss, Mary Interview by Dale Deaton. 14 Feb. 1979. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Wiss, M. (1979, February 14). Interview by D. Deaton. Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Wiss, Mary, interview by Dale Deaton. February 14, 1979, Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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