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Moses and Helen Golden Paulson Professorship in Gastroenterology

PaulsonGoldenAs a girl growing up in West Virginia, HELEN GOLDEN, A&S 1924 (MS), hoped to become a doctor, but was discouraged from this dream by her father. A few hundred miles away in Baltimore, MOSES PAULSON shared the same ambition, recalling that “few people even graduated from high school in those days.” He realized his goal, however, and met and married Helen, a Hopkins sociology graduate student whose thesis was titled, “The Care and Education of Crippled Children in Baltimore.”

Dr. Paulson, who died in 1991, had a successful private practice and a Hopkins career that spanned more than 40 years–developing, with a colleague, fiberoptic endoscopy, one of the most sophisticated tools for diagnosing GI disease; teaching his students about psychosomatic factors in disease long before these were widely recognized; and editing what became a standard text, Gastroenterologic Medicine. Mrs. Paulson, who died in 1993, worked for many years with the Baltimore League for Crippled Children and Adults, and was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Baltimore City Medical Society and the Johns Hopkins Women’s Club.