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About the Author

Dr. Jerome Lowenstein s rich career in academic medicine has been devoted to teaching, research and the care of patients. He is the author of Acid and Basics, Oxford University Press, and The Midnight Meal and Other Essays About Doctors, Patients and Medicine, University of Michigan Press. Dr. Lowenstein s interest in acid-base physiology and in the nature of relationships between physicians and patients made Henderson an ideal subject for the study of the relationship between his own ideas and those of this intellectual leader in science and medicine. Dr. Lowenstein is publisher of the Bellevue Literary Press and Editor for Nonfiction of the Bellevue Literary Review. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: North River Press (January 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0884279030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0884279037
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,669,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alma H. Bond. on May 9, 2008
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"Henderson's Equation" is a sweet, highly original work of art. Fast-moving, captivating, and seemingly simply written, it is one of those rare books that can change lives forever. I will never again look at any aspect of nature as a unit differentiated from the rest of creation without sharing Henderson's conviction that everything in the universe, i.e. the periodic table, "growing excellent grapes and making a really fine wine (p. 44)," indeed, that life itself is governed by the same set of rules (p. 38).
The author is a physician whose deep interest in acid-base physiology and the nature of relationships between physicians and their patients make him uniquely qualified to understand Henderson's work and theories. Written in a compelling manner that will enthrall physicians and medical researchers alike, it also can be read easily by intelligent laymen, who in painless fashion will gain a great deal of knowledge about medicine and history.
Henderson, it seems to me, is an unusual choice for the protagonist of a book: Less flamboyant than most biographical subjects, he simply went about the business of his life's work. As a man of multiple talents, he spent his professional life in chemistry, biology, physiology, philosophy, and, eventually, sociology. Originally a chemist, he diverted his interests into physiology and biochemistry, and developed a holistic philosophy centering on "fitness," in which the inorganic environment supplies elements that nourish physicochemical processes. Henderson summarized this philosophy in his most important book, "The Fitness of the Environment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Francis V. Adams, M.D. on May 25, 2008
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In "Henderson's Equation" by Dr. Jerome Lowenstein, the author takes you on a journey of discovery through the 20th century. Discovery of the mind but also of the heart. In order to do this Dr. Lowenstein has to recreate this period and he skillfully accomplishes this as he describes the lower east side of New York, Brooklyn, and Boston in the early 1900s. Beautifully written, "Henderson's Equation" describes the journey of Aaron Weiss from City College to Harvard Medical School where he meets Lawrence J. Henderson, one of the seminal thinkers of the 20th century. Aaron is drawn to Henderson's intellect and becomes his laboratory assistant but comes to learn that Henderson's loyalty is to his class and his systems approach to life. Lowenstein vivid descriptions of Aaron's experiences suggests that this book is at least in part autobiographical. Rejected by Henderson and Harvard, Aaron becomes a wonderful physician and teacher (like the author) who sees each patient as being unique while Henderson continues to advance his theories that place individuals into systems or categories. To Henderson, "it all begins with water". To Aaron, "it all begins with patients" and it is he who teaches Henderson that physicians can be healers without fully understanding what has produced an illness. As a physician this book resonated in my own experiences and that of my father's. Totally absorbing with fascinating detail of this turbulent time period the reader will find that this book it hard to put down. I recommend it for everyone.
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Dr. Lowenstein has bridged the gap between science and medicine, between patient care and the etiology of disease and has intertwined that with the great migration of immigrants into America and their contributions to society - albeit with the struggles to assimmilate and in so many cases not being able to despite thier intelligence. It is a gentle read but one that brings tears to your eyes and makes you realize the sacrifices your parants made for you. And as an aside, it humanizes science and right now that is something that is really needed. I recommend it highly. RDG
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