John P. McGovern Hall Of HistoryJohn P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine

hall_medical_historyThe John P. McGovern Hall of Medical History consists of 12 statues representing outstanding figures in the field of medicine. This exhibit is a gift of Houston allergist John P. McGovern. One of his absorbing avocations has been the history and philosophy of medicine, an interest made evident by his generous gift to UTMB.

These works by medical sculptor Doris Appel, who selected the individuals to depict, provide a journey through medical history, from 2600 B.C.E., the time of the Egyptian Imhotep, to the turn of the 20th century, when Marie Curie discovered radium. A student of the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the School of Art of Boston University, sculptor Doris Appel confirmed her work to the interpretation of medical history and received encouragement from such luminaries as Albert Einstein and medical historian Arturo Castiglione. Her sculptures appear in libraries, universities and medical institutions across the country.