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The Lungwasher FREE TO VIEW

Rob Rogers
Chest. 2008;134(4):685. doi:10.1378/chest.134.4.685
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Figure Jump LinkRobert M. Rogers, MD, Master FCCP, 1933–2008.

Grahic Jump LocationRobert M. Rogers, MD, Master FCCP, 1933–2008.

My father was a physician who became nationally known for developing the leading treatment for pulmonary alveolar proteinosis. In layman's terms, he washed out patients' lungs with saline to help them breathe better. He liked to use cartoons in his medical lectures to inject humor into otherwise serious topics. When I was ten years old, he asked me to draw something for a lecture he was preparing on lung lavage. That's when I drew “My Dad the Lungwasher.”

I have been caricaturing my dad ever since. Viewers may not realize this, but when they see one of my cartoons, chances are they are looking at a version of my dad. He has become my cartoon everyman. Whether I am drawing a doctor, a lawyer or an Indian chief, my dad's face is in there somewhere. It will continue to be my quiet way of paying homage to a great physician and an inspirational father.

---Rob Rogers


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