By Jim O’NeillSpringhouse internal medical, which was founded in 1949 by three sisters in Portland, Oregon, is one of the oldest internal medicine practices in the United States.
Its founding father, Dr. Ruth Schindler, was an American who had spent a lifetime working in medicine and social work in the German-speaking city of Würzburg, Germany.
She was born into an upper-class family and received her medical degree from WürZburg in 1912, when she was only 19 years old.
Schindlers parents, the late Frank and Eva, had a daughter named Mary, who was born in 1918.
Schundler moved to Oregon to attend medical school, and the family relocated to Portland when Schindley was a teenager.
While studying medicine in the city, she learned about internal medicine and became fascinated with how patients’ conditions could be treated.
She also wanted to become an internist and soon learned about the practice of surgery.
“It was so revolutionary,” Schindllers daughter Anne said.
“I wanted to do something with my life.
I decided I wanted to be an intern and I knew the profession was not for me.”
Schindler was an early pioneer in the field, and by the late 1950s, she was teaching internal medicine in her hospital practice.
As a physician and an administrator, she made her mark as a leader in the practice.
She is credited with leading the practice to its current position of being the nation’s second-largest internal medicine practice.
But, as a young doctor in her early 20s, Schindling began to experience some serious health problems.
In 1957, Schindlell started to experience migraines, an inflammatory condition that she believed was caused by a lack of sleep.
She went to a physician in her area, Drs.
Harold Loeffler and Donald Hirsch, and requested a referral to Dr. Loefler at the Oregon Medical Center.
Schindlelds doctor at the time, Dr Donald M. Loomis, said the doctor told her to see Dr. Schinderl about what had happened.
Loes neurologist suggested that she try to sleep more.
But Loefs diagnosis of the condition was different than Schindlins.
Loth’s diagnosis of migrainitis, which Loechs believed was linked to sleep deprivation, was that it was a form of chronic bronchitis.
Lose of sleep caused inflammation of the lung, which caused symptoms that could be seen as fever, cough and wheezing.
It was not uncommon for people to have a history of asthma, and symptoms would be severe.
Losing sleep was the first step in Loes diagnosis.
The second step was that he would need to treat the symptoms.
When Loe F. and his wife, Elizabeth, went to Portland to get treatment for Loths chronic bronchy-pneumonia, they discovered that Loe had no bedside manner, which could make it difficult for him to get the treatment he needed.
He was placed on an inpatient bed, but that did not allow for a good quality of sleep for him.
Loses sleep, or lack of it, can lead to more chronic disease.
After the Loes, Schinderlls patients, including Mary, were admitted to the hospital.
In 1961, Schinlders sister, Anne, became a staff physician and began treating Mary.
As the first female physician in Oregon, Schinels daughter, Mary, became an advocate for women’s rights and health.
She and other female physicians began to work together to raise awareness of health problems among patients and the medical community.
One of the first public health initiatives of the era was the Breast Cancer Campaign, which began in the early 1960s with a $10 million campaign to raise funds to provide breast cancer care to women.
The campaign raised millions of dollars and changed the way women in the medical field thought about health and treatment.
In 1972, Schinchlls sister, Mary Loomi, became the first woman to receive a PhD in obstetrics and gynecology.
In 1975, she founded the first internal medicine residency program in Oregon.
In 1979, Schinnels son, Jim, became chair of the board of directors.
In 1986, Schild was named chair of Oregon Health & Science University, and in 1991, Schinda was named president of the Oregon College of Osteopathic Medicine.
During her tenure as chair, Schint was instrumental in setting up a training program for physicians in internal medicine.
In addition to her role as chair of a faculty at Oregon Health and Science University and chair of an internal medicine fellowship program at Oregon College, Schinkles tenure at Oregon Medical College gave her access to a network of colleagues and faculty who had worked in the Oregon medical community, helping her to be more involved with the medical training program.
“The whole system has changed since I’ve been at OHSU