Tuesday, 30 December 2014


Patient of András Pető

In 1988 a letter was published in an Hungarian newspaper. It began –
1948 nyarán, mikor még nem volt Salt-oltás Magyarországon, kislyánom, Geiger Julika, 2 és fel éves korában súlyos paralisist kapott és évekig a Pető Intezet páciense volt. Most a mellékelt kép szerint, Ronald Regan elnök nevében a legmagasabb orvosi kitüntetest nyújtottak át neki Washingtonban. Az “év orvosát” 600 ezer orvos közül válaszjak.

This means –
In the summer of 1948, when there was still no Salk vaccine in Hungary, my little girl Juli Geiger, two-and-a-half years of age, was severely paralysed and was for years a patient at the Pető Institute. Now the picture is different, in Washington, in the name of President Ronald Reagan, she has been awarded the highest medical honour. She has been elected “Doctor of the Year” out of 600 thousand doctors.

What a story Juli Geiger might have to tell. In 2008 her mother's letter was republished in Conductive World, as part of a longer item, along with a plea –
Has anyone in the American movement had any contact with her?
There was no response.

Dr Juli Geiger would be about 68 years old now. I have tried again to find her, through Google, but to no avail. Does anyone know Dr Geiger?


Sutton, A. (2008) Does anyone know Dr Julie Geiger? Conductive World, 21 March

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