In a self-recorded reminiscence, Dr. Robert Philip discusses Rocky Mountain spotted fever and its role in the Bitterroot Valley’s development. He talks about the history of the disease, some of the diagnosed cases, and the association of the disease to ticks. Philip describes the creation and development of Rocky Mountain Laboratory [RML] during the early 1920s. He also describes the different doctors who studied the disease, the different laboratories in the valley, and the development of the vaccine for spotted fever. He also mentions RML’s efforts to study other diseases, including typhus during World War Two and tularemia.
Bitterroot Valley, Montana; Rocky Mountain Laboratories [RML]; Missoula, Montana; Vaccination development; Rocky Mountain spotted fever; Tick-borne diseases; Rickettsia; Typhus; World War, 1914-1918; World War, 1939-1945; U.S. Public Health Service; Hygienic Laboratory; Rockefeller Center; Hamilton, Montana; Wood tick; Tick-borne illnesses; Tularemia; Ricketts, Howard T.; Wilson, Lewis B.; Chowning, William M.; Cooley, Robert A.; U.S. Bureau of Entomology; Camp Venustus, Montana; Bureau of Biological Survey; Tick dips; Tick prevention; Rodent population control; Montana State Board of Entomology; O’Brien Creek; McClintic, Thomas B.; Animal testing; Frick, L.D.; King, Willard; Parker, R.R.; National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Cox, Harold; Hargett, Mason; Burruss, Harry; Q fever; Civilian Conservation Corps [CCC]; Bell, John; Philip, Cornelius; Kohls, Glen; Jellison, William; Larson, Carl; Smadel, Joseph; Eklund, Carl; Encephalitis; Tick reference collection; Entomologists; Molecular biologists
Bitterroot Historical Society Oral History Project, OH 120, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana-Missoula. Mansfield Library
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Oral History Number
OH 120-008, 009
2 sound cassettes (60 min.) analog + 1 transcript (14 p.: 28 cm.)
Phillip, Robert N., "Robert N. Phillip Reminiscence, February 1984" (1984). Bitterroot Historical Society Oral History Project. 35.