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Dr. Janet Travell, the President's Physician

Rescued from the digital depths of the Gelman website, the Special Collections Research Center has reformatted and spruced up our 2003 online exhibit, "The President's Physician: The Life and Legacy of Dr. Janet Travell."Dr. Janet Travell

Dr. Janet G. Travell (1901-97) was a faculty member of the George Washington University School of Medicine, a distinguished member of the medical community, and personal physician to two U.S. Presidents: John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson (and the first woman to hold the post). She was renowned in particular for her treatment of muscular pain; in fact, President Kennedy invited her to serve as his personal physician after she helped alleviate his chronic back pain. Dr. Travell co-authored, with David G. Simons, M.D., the acclaimed two-volume textbook Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual, and also wrote an autobiography, Office Hours: Day and Night. The online exhibit mirrors the original physical exhibit, displayed in the library in 2003, to celebrate the processing of the Travell papers.

For more on the Travell papers, please browse the finding aid, and then let us here at Special Collections know (speccoll@gwu.edu) if you would like to see materials in this collection.

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