Kahlo, Frida (Mexican, 1907-1954)

Portrait of Dr. Leo Eloesser

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During a visit to San Francisco in 1930, Frida Kahlo experienced problems with her right leg. She consulted Dr. Leo Eloesser (1881-1976), who was a highly respected professor of surgery at Stanford and a pioneer of thoracic and orthopedic surgery at San Francisco General Hospital. Kahlo became extremely fond of him, and consulted him for the rest of her life about her health. Here, she showed him impeccably dressed in a suit and tie with starched collar looking completely professional. But next to him is a small boat that relates to his life outside work—at the end of each long day, if a patient did not need him, he took his boat out overnight and returned it to the dock in the morning. On the wall is a drawing by Kahlo’s husband, Diego Rivera, to reflect the fact that Dr. Eloesser was also a patron of the arts. Notes by Mariann Smith
Physician-Patient Relations
San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center, San Francisco, CA