Q. They say laughter is the best medicine. What movie or television show makes you laugh out loud?
A. Harold and Maude. It not only makes me laugh out loud at many of life’s absurdities, but it helps reaffirm why we go on in spite of them.
—Susan Louisa Montauk, My Family Doctor magazine, fall 2006.
The world lost a good doctor last Monday. And the My Family Doctor team lost a respected colleague. Susan Louisa Montauk, M.D. passed away from rectal cancer. She was 61.
Susan, a family doctor, was one of my go-to writers for our former magazine. I knew she’d deliver a well-written, upbeat, trustworthy article. She was so good that we invited her to be on the magazine’s editorial board. Thankfully for us, she accepted. Susan knew her stuff, and she was wonderful to work with.
In Cincinnati, OH, where she practiced, Susan was known as a compassionate, passionate physician. Early this year, the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote about her:
In the early 1990s, she was one of the few family doctors working with AIDS patients. In 2002, she jumped at the chance to work on the Cincinnati Health Care for the Homeless Mobile Van, which visits shelters throughout the city.
“The thing that makes our program so successful is physicians like Susan who are not afraid to hold, to touch, and to care for (homeless) patients,” says Kate Bennett, president and CEO of the Cincinnati Health Network Inc.
You can read the Enquirer‘s latest article about her here. [Editor's note: Link removed; article no longer available at that URL.]
Susan was diagnosed with rectal cancer in 2007—about a year after we published the quote that begins this post. She began hospice care last summer. Survivors include her husband, Stan, and two sons. In a small attempt at honoring her life-well-spent, we’re featuring one of her articles this week: “What Is a Physiatrist?” True to form, she warms up what could have been a cold, dry topic.
Below is a list of her articles we previously published.
- “Why Does My Nose Run When I Have a Cold?”
- “Sensationalized Health Stories” (see the section about antidepressants)
- Foot Problems and Shoes: 7 Buying Tips to Prevent Pain
- Common Foot Problems: Symptoms and Treatment
- Home Remedy for Plantar Fasciitis: Stretches for Your Feet”
- “10 Medical Myths, Facts and Rumors” (see the question about safety rumors)
- “Best Lotions for Dry Skin” (see the section about toenail fungus)
Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of MyFamilyDoctorMag.com and a freelance health writer.
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