The same day Dr. Henry Heimlich’s new memoir was released nationwide, an ex-wife of an old colleague has accused the famous doctor of being “dishonest and unjust” in the book.
Joy Patrick, whose ex-husband was the late Dr. Edward Patrick, wrote in a letter to Heimlich that she was “livid” when she found out Heimlich’s book “includes no mention of Edward.”
“I can only assume that you have no idea of the pain this causes me and my children, especially … the beautiful son and daughter I had with Edward,” she wrote.
For years before his death in 2009, Patrick said he was the co-developer of the Heimlich Maneuver and hadn’t received credit publicly.
Heimlich has denied Patrick’s claim repeatedly and told WCPO that Patrick wasn’t working in Cincinnati until after the maneuver was developed and publicized. The issue was discussed in a profile of Heimlich that published on WCPO.com days before the Feb. 11 release of “Heimlich’s Maneuvers: My Seventy Years of Lifesaving Innovation.”
“There was never any intention to cause pain to Mrs. Patrick or her family in writing this book,” Heimlich told WCPO in an emailed response to the letter.
WCPO Insiders can read more of Heimlich’s response and Joy Patrick’s entire letter.
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