William P. Didusch
Curator 1979 to 1981
William Peter Didusch (1895 - 1981) was born on June 13, 1895 in Baltimore, Maryland. His family immigrated into the United States from Munich, Germany in the late 1800s. Didusch paid his way through the newly-created medical art school of Max Brödel at The Johns Hopkins Hospital by doing janitorial work. Brödel had done a good bit of art work for Hugh Hampton Young, MD at Hopkins and, in 1950, when asked to do some additional work, he decided to give one of his students the chance and offered the opportunity to Didusch, who by then had been working with Brödel for two years. Didusch took this job on a trial basis and remained for his entire life in urology, illustrating Dr. Young's major works, "The Practice of Urology" and his book on hermaphroditism, the "Clinical Urology" textbook by Lowsley and Kirwin, "Transurethral Prostatectomy" by Nesbit and "A Retropubic Prostatectomy" by Beneventi. Didusch became the foremost illustrator of American urology.