Dr. Lillian Parson Interview, 1974
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Dr. Lillian Parson
Parson Residence, Elbow Lake, Minnesota
Women physicians; Medical care--Minnesota--Elbow Lake; Norwegian Americans--Minnesota--Grant County; Diabetes--Treatment; Insulin; Diphtheria--Minnesota; Epidemics--Minnesota; Maternal health services; Elbow Lake (Minn.)
Dr. Lillian Parson was born on June 15, 1896 in Grand Forks, North Dakota. She spent some time abroad, including school in Switzerland. She attended the University at Grand Forks and finished her medical schooling at the University of Illinois. She came to Elbow Lake in 1923 and was one of the first women doctors to practice in Grant County.
In this interview, Dr. Parson discusses her personal and family background and her medical background and practice. In particular, she discusses her work on insulin for the treatment of diabetes, a diphtheria epidemic in Minnesota, maternity services she provided, and various accidents and incidents she helped treat. She also discusses general life in Elbow Lake, Minnesota.
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Parson, Lillian, "Dr. Lillian Parson Interview, 1974" (1974). All Minnesota Oral Histories. 4.