Creighton doctor embraces the humanism at the heart of good medicine
James Laumond, MD’64, knew he wanted to be a doctor since he was 2.
What led him down the path of the medical profession was, of all things, being mauled by a dog. It happened when Laumond’s sister was babysitting him. He wandered off, opened a door he wasn’t supposed to. A dog jumped out and went for his face.
Nearly 80 years later, Laumond doesn’t really recall the incident, but his sister and parents relayed the specifics to him over the years, the tale becoming a part of family lore.
Laumond was rushed to the emergency room, where a doctor sutured together his face, and all the while Laumond remained calm and inquisitive, asking questions — specific, insightful questions — about what the doctor was doing. Later the doctor told Laumond’s parents the brave 2-year-old was one of the best patients he’d ever treated.