DORIS APPEL, SCULPTOR
born June 4, 1904 died November 4, 1995
Doris Leavitt Appel, the sculptor and medical historian, was born on June 4, 1904 in Boston, Massachusetts. After graduating from Salem State College, she studied art at Boston University and at The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She married Bernard Appel,M.D. a graduate of Tufts University Medical School who later became Professor of Dermatology and Chief of Dermatology at the Boston City Hospital. He inspired his wife, encouraged her, supported her, and even assisted in the casting of his wife's works. The noted author and medical historian Henry Sigerist, M.D.sponsored Doris Appel for membership in the American Association for the History of Medicine in 1942, and she had many friends among the members of this distinguished organization.
Here she is shown with Sir Alexander Fleming, discoverer of penicillin.
Fleming was sitting for a portrait commissioned by Pfizer.
Below is the "Hall of Medicine" in its original form in her studio in Lynn, Massachusetts. This work was originally commissioned to be in the Medical Museum for the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.
The start of the Second World War cancelled plans for the Medical Library. The final cast of the finished work was placed in the Smithsonian Institute then moved to the Boston University School of Medicine where it remains today as
the Bernard Appel Hall of Medicine.
These twelve figures of scientists and physicians responsible for landmark changes in the development of modern Western medicine were chosen after consultation with the leading medical historians of the time: Siegerist, Castiglione, and others.
Imhotep 2600B.C.E. Hippocrates 460-370B.C.E. Galen129-199 A.D.
Maimonides Andreas Vesalius Ambroise Pare William Harvey William Morton
1135 - 1204 1514 - 1590 1510 - 1590 1578 - 1657 1819 - 1868
Louis Pasteur Joseph Lister Wilhelm Roentgen Marie Curie
1822 - 1895 1827 - 1912 1845- 1923 1867 - 1934
The original first cast of the figures make up the John P. McGovern Hall of Medical History ,
placed in the Ashbel Smith Building at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
See also the description on the Pasteur Foundation Newsletter: http://www.pasteurfoundation.org/TXAppelHall.shtml
Working on the American Medicine Panels
The History of American Medicine
The fist two panels are in the Boston University School of Medicine along with the later cast of the Hall of Medicine.
THE PROPHET (inspired by her grandfather)
Inquiries may be made to: Blossom Appel Sanger 515 1st Street Coronado CA 92118
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