Dr. Janet G. Travell (1901-1997) was appointed as White House physician to two presidents, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. She is also celebrated for her pioneering work in myofascial pain. The exhibit features vintage photographs, newspaper clippings and articles, scholarly papers, notes, and writings, as well as ephemera belonging to Dr. Travell. The exhibit includes her early life in New York city; her education at Wellesley College and later at Cornell University Medical College; early practice in medicine; experiments with ethyl chloride spray; the White House years; scholarship; her position in The George Washington University School of Medicine as Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine and other activities.
Dr. Travell was truly a remarkable woman. On the wall of her medical office hung a wooden plaque someone had given her with an inscription carved in it which read: "It's Better to Wear Out Than To Rust Out." She often said in lectures, "Life is like a bicycle. You don't fall off until you stop pedaling."