In this memoir, by alumnus and Zoology Department instructor William J. Gilstrap, the author details various aspects of his life, including: childhood in Missouri, student experience at Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) in the 1890s, and his medical practice in various Oregon locales. Gilstrap also describes in this narrative the origins of his ancestorial lineage dating back to mid-18th century Scotland. The communities mentioned in the memoirs where Gilstrap practiced medicine include St. Johns, Sheridan, and the Grand Ronde Indian Reservation. Passages relating to OAC include descriptions of Gilstrap's participation in college oratorical contests, military service for the college, coursework taken in veterinary studies, his work in the Zoology Department, association with Professor Arthur Cordley, and living in rental houses adjacent to campus at the time. In this memoirs, Gilstrap also devotes chapters to his thoughts on health care provision in the Portland area and the spectre of "socialized medicine," dealing with allergic reactions, investing in the stock market, and "human nature."
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