John P. McGovern held seventeen professorships, received twenty-nine honorary doctorates, and established the nation’s largest privately owned allergy and immunology clinic. He authored 252 professional publications including twenty-six books in the medical sciences and humanities, and served as president or chief elected officer of fifteen professional societies in medicine. In addition, the McGovern Foundation has given millions of dollars to various local and national health charities, and many Houston landmarks bear the McGovern name, including the McGovern Lake and McGovern Children’s Zoo (at Houston’s Hermann Park), the McGovern Health and Science Museum, and the McGovern Campus of the Texas Medical Center.
Bryant Boutwell, a long-time friend and colleague, has captured the influential life of this visionary Texas physician in John P. McGovern, MD: A Lifetime of Stories. In captivating narrative, interlaced with revealing personal and family stories, Boutwell chronicles McGovern’s holistic approach to medicine, which transcended the traditional boundaries of institutional identities and medical specialties. McGovern worked tirelessly to bring together big institutions, the health professions, bold interdisciplinary ideas, and a team approach to healthcare that, though prescient at the time, is recognized today as imperative. This commitment led to his founding role in the American Osler Society, which promotes humanistic and ethical dimensions of the practice of medicine, and his establishment of humanities programs at the UT Health Science Center at Houston and the UT Medical Branch at Galveston.
BRYANT BOUTWELL has served the institutions of Houston’s Texas Medical Center for nearly four decades. He is a distinguished teaching professor and currently holds the John P. McGovern, MD, Professorship in Oslerian Medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.
What Readers Are Saying:
“Written in an engaging style, the biography, John P. McGovern MD: A Lifetime of Stories, superbly captures the spirit, intellectual dynamism and warmth of a man who has affected the lives of so many individuals . . . an important contribution to the medical history of Texas.”—Heather Green Wooten, author, The Polio Years in Texas and Old Red: Pioneering Medical Education in Texas
"Dr. Bryant Boutwell has written a wonderful and welcomed book about our mutual friend, the late Dr. John P. McGovern. It does ample justice to the innumerable contributions John made to the Texas Medical Center and to our entire community."--President George H.W. Bush
“I met the promising young Dr. John McGovern when he first came to Houston. I am not surprised that he became a famous physician and a great philanthropist.”—Mavis P. Kelsey, M.D.