Perspectives in Pulmonary Medicine: A Taped interview with HURLEY L. MOTLEY, M.D.

Perspectives in Pulmonary Medicine: A Taped interview with HURLEY L. MOTLEY, M.D. by Thomas L. Petty, M.D. (Breon Laboratories, 1979)

On the inside cover of the released recording by Breon Laboratories (1979) the following information is published about Dr. Motley and Dr. Petty. We hope that this unique recording will be listen to by many of our visitors, pulmonary doctors and care givers and will hear the conversation of these two giants of pulmonary medicine.

On this recording, Dr. Hurley L. Motley, as interviewed by Dr. Thomas L. Petty, recalls highlights of his long and noteworthy career in pulmonary medicine. These include his early work in intermittent positive pressure breathing at Wright Field, work in silicosis at Jefferson Medical College and some of the earliest air pollution studies in Los Angeles.

Along with his own experience in these studies, he recalls incidents and tells anecdotes that make that period of pulmonary investigations come alive in terms of human values as well as scientific achievements.


A Distinguished Authority in Pulmonary Medicine

Dr. Motley, Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of Southern California, has been active in science and medicine for over forty years. His early career included brief service as zoologist, but after graduating from Harvard Medical School, he quickly became involved in the pulmonary branch of medicine.

He has authored 141 scientific studies, most of them concerned with pulmonary problems. He also served as consultant to surgeon general of the army between 1960 and 1966. Among the many awards and positions he has earned, the following are included:

Rollins Scholarship in Medicine, University of Missouri, 1932

Clean Air Award, 1960, by Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and Los Angeles Air Pollution Control District for Research Studies on Smog.


At the time of recording, Dr. Petty was Professor of Medicine and head of the Division of Pulmonary Medicine, University of Colorado, Denver.

He has published numerous articles on respiratory disease and subsequent diagnostic/therapeutic techniques, and has continued extensive research on new modes of management of the serious and long-time health problems of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. His work has earned him international, as well as, national recognition.