DR. JANET TRAVELL, JFK'S PERSONAL PHYSICIAN
The doctor had established a reputation in the treatment of chronic muscular pain and began treating JFK in May 1955. Back pain had forced Senator Kennedy to use crutches. According to Dr. Travell's daughter Virginia, the Senator "could barely navigate the...steps...to the front door."
Dr. Travell prescribed medications and varieties of treatment including the use of orthopedic shoes, a back brace and a rocking chair. These were so successful that JFK's speechwriter Ted Soreson said that they gave the President...
"new hope for a life free from crutches, if not from backache."
JFK must have agreed because he autographed a picture which sat on her desk at the White House as follows...
"For Dr. Travell -- who made the smile possible."
*Jane Graeme Travell, M.D. (1901-1997) daughter of Dr. Willard Travell, general practitioner. JGT graduated from Wellesley College & was named a Durant Scholar.
She received her M.D. at Cornell University Medical College where she taught for 30 years. After JFK's death, JGT served LBJ but after a year and a half she returned to private practice.
"Janet G. Travell, M.D., A Daughter's Recollection," by Virginia P. Wilson, Texas Heart Institute Journal, 2003, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/