Tag Archives: Constance E. Putnam

Lajos Markusovszky: Semmelweis’s Best Friend

Constance E. Putnam Concord, Massachusetts   Bust of Lajos Markusovszky, in the inner garden of Semmelweis Medical University, Budapest. Photo by Attila Kovács, by kind permission. The name “Ignaz Semmelweis” is at least vaguely familiar to many people, even if they need reminding that he was “the hand-washing guy.”  He was the first fully to […]

Doctor’s daughter: reflections on a family’s role in a physician’s practice

Constance E. Putnam Concord, Massachusetts, USA   Schoolyard taunts generally convey an obvious message to all who hear them: “Fatso,” “Four Eyes,” “Slowpoke,” “Dumbo.” One directed at me when I was a child, however, baffled me: “You think you’re so smart, just ’cause your dad’s a doctor!” To be sure, my dad was a doctor, […]