Gail Hatton



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Dr. Don V. Hatton was a physician and public health specialist in both West Virginia and Kentucky beginning in the 1930s. During his interview, Dr. Hatton discusses Appalachia and focuses on the definition of the region and what it means to be Appalachian. He also discusses his transition from being a public health specialist focused on preventative medicine to a practicing internal medicine physician. In the audio clip provided, he compares and contrasts his public health work in West Virginia and Kentucky through a focus on physical environment, education, and socioeconomic status. Throughout this interview, Dr. Hatton’s wife, Jane Hatton, provides additional information and clarification on specific events and relatives of the Hatton family.

Publication Date

Summer 7-22-1973




Health care, folk medicine, 1918 influenza epidemic, traveling doctors and nurses, medical education, Wetzel Co., WV


Appalachian Studies | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Education | Oral History | Preventive Medicine | Primary Care | Public Health Education and Promotion | Social History

Library of Congress Subjects

Hatton, Don. -- Autobiography. Public health -- West Virginia -- Oral histories. Public health -- Kentucky -- Oral histories. Farm life -- United States -- Oral histories. Pike County (Ky.) -- Oral histories.


Interview is included in the Marshall University Oral History Collection. The index number is OH64-68. This interview was conducted by Gail Hatton. MDS exhibit prepared by Jennifer Gehringer, August, 2014.


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Oral History Interview: Dr. Don V. Hatton and Jane Hatton