The 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
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.