IN THEIR SPARE TIME


Abstract

You know them as headache luminaries, but what's the rest of the story? Match each achievement (or disgrace!!) in the column on the left with a doctor or doctors from the right column. (Hint: Several of these overachievers are linked to more than one deed, but just two of them share the same accomplishment.)

1. Singer and songwriter for the first accredited musical continuing medical education program
2. Published the classic description of cervical spondylosis
3. Chartered a TWA jet to take American headache specialists to Denmark
4. Arrested and “spent some time in the clink” while a medical resident at Yale
5. Produced a secret report for the CIA on Chinese and Russian “brainwashing” techniques
6. Parent of a famous sitcom star
7. Accomplished bridge player
8. Received a Renoir painting from a “disciple”
9. Married to a famous American artist
10. Temporarily lost driving privileges because of speed limit violations
11. Decorated for setting up the US Army's first substance abuse treatment program
12. Spent a year in Russia training with Ivan Pavlov (yes, the Ivan Pavlov)
13. Avid bicyclist and participant in a world-famous cross-country ski race
14. Wrote a children's story
15. Appeared in the Woody Allen movie Celebrity
A. Marcia Wilkinson
B. Fred Sheftell
C. Michael Moskowitz
D. Harold Wolff
E. James Waldo Lance
F. Jes Olesen
G. Seymour Diamond
H. Lee Kudrow
I. John Ruskin Graham

Answers

  • 1Singer and songwriter for the first accredited musical continuing medical education program
    • Answer: B

    • Fred Sheftell was songwriter, guitar player and singer for the first accredited musical continuing medical education program. Entitled “Migraine Blues,” the CD was produced by the Primary Care Network. Song tracks included “The Triptan Du Jour Waltz” and “The Ballad of Chronic Daily Headache.” The program was favorably reviewed in JAMA and recognized by the ACCME with an award. (Migraine Blues: Musical CME Headache Program. JAMA. 2001; 286: 3134)

  • 2Published the classic description of cervical spondylosis
    • Answer: A

    • Marcia Wilkinson, a recognized pioneer in the headache field, is also the author of the classic treatise on cervical spondylosis: (Wilkinson M. The morbid anatomy of cervical spondylosis and myelopathy. Brain. 1960;83:589-616) She also was a medical student on the case of one of the first patients in Britain to receive penicillin.

  • 3Chartered a TWA jet to take American headache specialists to Denmark
    • Answer: G

    • Seymour Diamond arranged for a chartered TWA jet to leave from Chicago, stop in New York to take on passengers, and continue on to Copenhagen. The occasion was the first joint US-Scandinavian headache meeting, produced in collaboration by the American Association for the Study of Headache and the Danish Migraine Society. The meeting took place at the Hamlet Hotel in Elsinore, Denmark in May, 1971. Speakers included Jes Olesen (“The Influence of Certain Vasoactive Amines on the Regional Cerebral Blood Flow in Man”), Marcia Wilkinson, Federigo Sicuteri, Seymour Diamond, Don Dalessio, Robert Ryan, Sr., David Coddon, John Graham, Norman Shealy, and Otto Appenzeller. (Seymour Diamond, personal communication.)

  • 4Arrested and “spent some time in the clink” while a medical resident at Yale
    • Answers: C

    • Michael Moskowitz has admitted to this. He writes, “Then there was the night I was arrested and spent some time in the clink in New Haven back when I was a medical resident at Yale. That Saturday night late, I was a tired medical resident and the cop was impatient and tough. I resisted his efforts to move me and my car (and unclog traffic) as I was parking in front of my house. In any case, the verbal abuse on both sides escalated until he called the paddy wagon. The next morning, the judge (who was incredulous) threw out the charge.” (Michael Moskowitz, personal communication.)

  • 5Produced a secret report for the CIA on Chinese and Russian “brainwashing” techniques
    • Answer: D

    • In 1953, Harold Wolff was asked by Central Intelligence Agency director Allen Dulles to produce a report on brainwashing techniques. In collaboration with Dr. Lawrence Hinkle, he produced a document that “remains one of the better accounts of the massive political re-education programs in China and the Soviet Union. It stated flatly that neither the Soviets nor the Chinese had any magical weapons – no drugs, exotic mental ray-guns, or other fanciful machines. Instead, the report pictured communist interrogation methods resting on skillful, if brutal, application of police methods.” (Read more at: http://www.conspiracyarchive.com/NWO/Manchurian_Can8.htm

  • 6Parent of a famous sitcom star
    • Answer: H

    • Lee Kudrow, well known for his work on cluster headache and his early recognition of the entity of medication overuse headache, is also the father of Friends star Lisa Kudrow.

  • 7Accomplished bridge player
    • Answer: G

    • Seymour Diamond and his wife Elaine are highly rated bridge players.

  • 8Received a Renoir painting from a “disciple”
    • Answer: D

    • In an interview for a Smithsonian Institution oral history project, Harold Wolff's wife Isabel Bishop says, “It's incredible, but a disciple of my husband gave us this Renoir. Incredible! . . . A doctor who had been a student. It's amazing! It's a delight to have that picture.” (The interview transcript is available online at http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/oralhistories/transcripts/bishop87.htm)

  • 9Married to a famous American artist
    • Answer: D

    • Harold Wolff's wife Isabel Bishop was a well-known painter and graphic artist whose oils and etchings depicted working class women in a variety of urban settings and activities. Her work hangs in many important museums; Dr. Seymour Diamond still has a painting that she gave him as a gift. (Seymour Diamond, personal communication.) More information about Isabel Bishop is available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isabel_Bishop and http://www.nmwa.org/collection/profile.asp?LinkID=88.

  • 10Temporarily lost driving privileges because of speed limit violations
    • Answer: E

    • The mild-mannered James Lance suffered the temporary loss of his driving privileges for speeding violations. There were mitigating circumstances, however. He writes, “there were not many and only just over the limit. We have double demerit points here on holiday weekends. Two offences reaches 12 points and licence is suspended for 3 months!” (James Lance, personal communication.)

  • 11Decorated for setting up the US Army's first substance abuse treatment program
    • Answer: B

    • Fred Sheftell was a major in the US Army and was decorated for the early 1970s development of its first substance abuse treatment program, where soldiers could present for treatment without fear of punishment or retribution.

  • 12Spent a year in Russia training with Ivan Pavlov (yes, the Ivan Pavlov)
    • Answer: D

    • It's Harold Wolff again. He shares with BF Skinner the distinction of being a past president of the Pavlovian Society (http://www.pavlovian.org/). Don Dalessio has written that, “To say that I was frightened at presenting cases to Doctor Wolff is to understate the matter . . . He was at the top of his form then . . . trained by Pavlov, Otto Lowei, Adolph Meyer, and Stanley Cobb. He carried with him the aura of one who knows, and who knows that he knows. Asked once why he was not Board Certified in Neurology, he thought for a moment and said, ‘but who would test me?’ ” (Dalessio, D. Remembrance of a person past – Harold G. Wolff, MD. Headache. 1982;22:50.)

  • 13Avid bicyclist and participant in a world-famous cross-country ski race
    • Answer: F

    • Jes Olesen does not report serving any jail time and hasn't, so far as we know, been engaged by the CIA. He writes, “I have a 14 year old daughter who keeps me young, bicycle 50 miles a week and failed a famous cross country ski race after 48 K last year. Nothing funny, I am a bore dedicated to headache and neurology.” The ski race to which Dr. Olesen refers is the Swedish Vasaloppet, considered the “Superbowl” of cross-country ski races. (Jes Olesen, personal communication.)

  • 14Wrote a children's story
    • Answer: E and I

    • Both James Waldo Lance and John Ruskin Graham penned children's stories. Dr. Lance's book, The Golden Trout, was published in 1977. Sadly, it is out of print although used copies can sometimes be located through online booksellers. Dr. Graham wrote and illustrated a series of charming stories for his two daughters while he was stationed overseas during World War II. (Janet and Sally in Old England; Janet and Sally in Ireland; Christmas at Bryn Mawr, and a number of others.) His family has made these available through http://www.Lulu.com.

  • 15Appeared in the Woody Allen movie Celebrity
    • Answer: C

    • Movie buff Michael Moskowitz says, “I did appear in two movies and made the cutting floor in two others. The first was Woody Allen's Celebrity with Charlize Theron, Kenneth Branagh, Bebe Neuwirth, Joe Mantegna, etc. I played a guest at a cocktail reception for a wedding that never took place. The movie was forgettable, but the cast incredible. In the second, I played a prisoner in a Swedish movie called the Ox, directed by Seven Nyquist, Ingmar Bergman's cinematographer (Fanny and Alexander; Personna). The movie was runner-up for best foreign film in 1999 or so. It starred Stellan Skarsgaard, Ingred Thulin, Max von Sydow, Erland Josephson and other Bergman veterans. I made the cutting floor in Good Will Hunting, shot at MIT, and Spanish Prisoner (David Mamet), shot at Logan.” (Michael Moskowitz, personal communication.)

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