03 June 2010

The Lovelace Medical Center, Tuberculosis and Outer Space

This was sent to me by the Albuquerque Historical Society


SATURDAY JUNE 19, 2010, 1 P.M.

most eastern building of former Lovelace Hospital Complex,
Park in east lot

“Tuberculosis to Outer Space”

The SAGA of the Lovelace Medical Center and the two Doctors Lovelace
Presented by UNM History Professor Jake Spidle

William Randoph Lovelace, M.D. and Edgar Lassatter, M.D. sought their personal cure for tuberculosis in NM in the early 1900’s. After they both were well, they teamed up in the 1920’s to start a practice which ultimately became one of NM’s largest health care presences. Not without controversy, the two doctors pioneered the “group practice” philosophy which was radical at a time when solo practice doctors were considered the “American Way”.

Dr. William Randolph (Randy) Lovelace II joined his uncle in practice after WWII. A clinic was built on Gibson in 1949. The fledgling NASA space program used the talents and research of Dr. Randy Lovelace to test and help select the original Mercury 7 astronauts in the late 1950’s.

Professor Spidle’s book “The Lovelace Medical Center: Pioneer in American Health Care” chronicles the Lovelace saga with special mention of the astronauts in the late 1950’s..

Professor Jake Spidle taught in the history department of UNM for many years and specializes in the history of modern medicine with an emphasis on NM and the southwest.

Founded in 1947, the Albuquerque Historical Society (AHS) welcomes all who are interested in the history of our city to its monthly programs. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information call Janet Saiers, 299-5019, jsaiers@msn.com

Questions: Call Janet Saiers, AHS President, 299-5019

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