Final Stamp: The Jewish Doctors in the Warsaw Ghetto

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AuthorHouse, Jan 18, 2007 - Science - 272 pages

From February to the middle of July 1942 a remarkable study was carried out in the Warsaw ghetto, a study of starvation conducted by the Jewish physicians in the two largest hospitals in the ghetto.  The results of this study have survived and become a cornerstone of the medical literature on the changes undergone by the human body when not enough food is available.  What you are about to read is the story of that study—why it was done, how it was done, who carried it out, what was found, and how it survived.

Everything about the study itself is true.  Everything about the background of the physicians who took part in the study is as accurate as I could make it.  The rest, what motivated them to do the study, how they got the equipment, and how they smuggled the manuscript out is fiction, but is consistent with what little information I had.

Thus the story you are about to read is a historical novel in the truest sense.  Together the fact and the fiction will give you, the reader, an understanding of an extraordinary scientific event that helped a people define itself during one of the saddest chapters of its existence.



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About the author (2007)

Myron Winick is the R.R. Williams Professor of nutrition (emeritus) at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. From 1971 to 1988 he was the Director of the Institute of Human Nutrition, R.R. Williams Professor of Nutrition and Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia. From 1990 to 1993 Dr. Winick was President, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Academic Officer and Distinguished Professor of Nutrition and Pediatrics at the University of Health Sciences, the Chicago Medical School.

Dr. Winick received a B.A. from Columbia in 1951, an M.S. from the University of Illinois in 1952 and an M.D. from the State University of New York (Brooklyn) in 1956. He interned at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, completed a pediatric residency at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and a two year post doctoral fellowship at Stanford University Medical School. He returned to Cornell University, rising to the rank of Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Division of Growth and Development. He has been a visiting professor at numerous universities including University of Chile, London, Leeds, Leyden, Naples, Bari, Edinburg as well as several universities in the United States and Canada.

Dr. Winick is the recipient of several research awards including, The E. Mead Johnson award of the American Academy of Pediatrics for pediatric research, 1970. The Osbourne Mendel award of the American Institute of Nutrition for research in basic nutrition, 1979. The Alumni Medal for outstanding contributions to medicine, State University of New York, 1981. and the Agnes Higgins award of the National Foundation March of Dimes for research on nutrition and prenatal development, 1984. He is a member of numerous scientific organizations and has served on many special advisory committees at the state, national and international levels. He served as a member of the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences and as a visiting scientist at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Winick is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Nutrition, the N.Y. Academy of Medicine, the N.Y. Academy of Science, the Royal Society of Medicine and the Royal Society of Health.

Dr. Winick is the author of more than 200 scientific papers, 10 books (5 for the general public and 5 for the medical profession) and numerous chapters in multi-authored scientific volumes. He was the editor of a yearly series entitled Current Concepts in Nutrition (20 volumes) and a member of the editorial boards of the American Journal of Nutrition and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Dr. Winick has written and narrated a daily radio program aired on 240 stations nationally entitled the Columbia Nutrition Bulletin and has appeared on numerous other radio and television shows.

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