is Doris Jean Rapp. I was born in Erie, PA. I graduated
from the university of Buffalo, Magna Cum
Laude, in l950 and earned a B.A. and M.A. in biology at the University of Buffalo before doors
miraculously opened and I was granted scholarships and accepted in New York University, Bellevue Medical College. When medical
school was completed, I studied pediatrics and then pediatric allergy
and immunology in Buffalo. I was
told that I had the highest grade in the country when I took the national
pediatric allergy board examinations and I was subsequently a medical
examiner for a short while. I married my college boyfriend after
my medical training was completed and remained married until l996 when
I moved to Scottsdale, Arizona. Unfortunately
we never had children but I do have two darling spoiled apricot toy poodles.
Religious Background And Value System
my father was a non- practicing Catholic and my mother a theosophist,
we never attended church. My mother studied comparative religion
and instilled an extremely high set of personal life and spiritual values
in her children. She was forced to become a workaholic and all her
children adopted this philosophy. She was very proud and would never
have considered taking welfare or assistance from anyone.
I too became interested in various forms of Christianity and spirituality. I believe
that compassion and caring are values to strive for on a daily basis,
not just on Sundays for an hour or so.
was poor beyond belief.
My parents separated when I was 9 years old. Mother moved my older
sister, my younger brother and myself to Dunkirk and for
the next six years we children picked crops every day from sun up to sun
down during the summer except when it rained. The rest of the year,
my idea of fun was to go to the library and bring home as many books as
I could carry, as often as possible. Many laughed at me when I said
I wanted to be a physician but it never entered my head that I would not
make my dream a reality. Fortunately, when I was 15, we moved to
Buffalo, N.Y. I graduated
from high school when I was 16 and because we were already in Buffalo, premed
at the University of Buffalo was possible.
Became A Physician
were no professionals in my family, and women
physicians were very rare in the 50's. I knew that medicine was
my destiny because for no explainable reason I was positive at the
age of 4 years that I would become a physician. We never saw
doctors when I was a child. We had no money for such a luxury. Fortunately,
I was a very healthy child and I never even saw a physician until I had
to have a physical examination to enter medical college. I never
regretted my choice and have always been thankful to have the opportunity
to help so many in this lifetime.
My Philosophy of Medicine
I believe with all my heart that far
too many individuals cannot afford proper medical care or drugs
so we must meet that challenge and educate everyone so they can learn
more about medicine and help to care for themselves. My aim is
to make the very best decisions that I can in relation to all aspects
of each child's total well being. It is rarely just a child who needs
treatment; it is a family. I therefore sincerely try to help
all the other family members if that is indicated and possible while
I am caring for a child.
challenge for physicians is to find fast, easy, safe, effective and
inexpensive ways to heal. Yes, there are times to use
antibiotics and cortisone, but safer herbal and homeopathic remedies
surely should be tried first if they can resolve medical problems.
The joy and opportunity in medicine is to try to find ways to relieve
illness without the use of drugs by using safer equally effective
modalities and medications.
Each individual is different
and the treatment is rarely identical. Everyone must find out
why they are ill, not just treating the symptoms. The key
is success is to find and eliminate the cause of an illness and then
teach each individual, an even child, to recognize the early clues of
an illness and how to eliminate the cause if that is possible.
Illness is typically a mix of factors, which are physical, emotional
and spiritual. All levels must be discussed and considered
in relation to any sickness.