Robert Guthrie--the PKU Story: Crusade Against Mental Retardation

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Hope Publishing House, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 190 pages
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This marvelous history tells of Robert Guthrie's campaign to discover and promote world-wide newborn testing for PKU anomalies plus a host of other genetic disorders that cause mental retardation or premature death if not treated immediately. Dr. Guthrie also waged a battle against lead poisoning long before the public or the the medical community became concerned about this danger. This winsome biography captures the spirit of a soft-spoken, gentle man who was passionate about helping babies born at risk. It is a fitting tribute to a medical crusader and his colleagues who worked tirelessly to save thousands of children from illness and mental retardation.
 

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What a wonderful story!

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The history of PKU screening and biography of Dr Guthrie. Read full review

Contents

PKUWhats That?
19
A Newborn Screening Test
31
In the Lawyers
43
A Son with Mental Retardation
51
Encounters
59
Waging War on Childhood Lead Poisoning
81
The Guthries on Trek
93
Around the World
109
John Guthrie Grows
119
New Frontiers
129
Profiles of Patients with
155
Newborn Screening for Sickle Cell Disease
173
Awards Given to Bob Guthrie
181
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Page 1 - ... should we expect that he can lend courage to the sufferer, confidence to the dying ? Has he suffered ? Has he seen anyone suffer ? Has he seen the fear of dying? Has he felt the fear of death turn into confidence? Has he worked shoulder to shoulder with those who have seen it and are helping to bring it about? It is the purpose of this book to answer these questions. In this chapter we describe three aims which call the minister to the sickroom: (i) To counteract the evils of specialism.

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