Jimmie Holland, central founder of psycho-oncology
February 24, 2009
Jimmie C. Holland, MD, widely recognized as the founder of “psychooncology,” grew up in a rural part of Texas with fertile black soil, known as the Blackland Bible Belt. It was a time when cotton was king and little girls were named Bobbi and Jimmie. Back then, the gender line was clearly demarcated; girls became teachers and nurses and homemakers. Interested in medicine as a youngster, Jimmie thought about nursing, but decided instead to buck the old-boy tradition and become a doctor. Her family and teachers supported her dream, and she never looked back.