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 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.