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From Publishers Weekly

The author, a pediatrician and father, presents the complexities of his specialty in this engaging and informative medical narrative. Drawing on case studies, Sanghavi details what can go wrong in each part of a child's body and what medical science can or can't do about it. Sanghavi guides readers through his medical routine: in Japan, working with a team of pediatric cardiologists, he assists in the successful operation on a three-month-old infant with a blockage on the right side of his heart. However, despite the advances of medical technology, some children cannot be saved. Bobby, a five-year-old with cystic fibrosis, undergoes treatment every few months for his damaged lungs, but despite the best efforts of physicians his condition will continue to deteriorate. Throughout these accounts of seriously ill children, the author's strong commitment to his patients and his profession shines through. Although Sanghavi's initial motivation was to increase the reader's awareness of pediatric medicine, he comes to a personal realization that he has to make a leap from seeing "lungs and hearts" to "seeing whole people." Especially moving is a description of the author's feelings of medical helplessness when his father was dying and there were no more treatment options.
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Structuring his book to follow patient rounds at the Children's Hospital in Boston, where he did his training in pediatrics, Sanghavi takes the reader on a tour of discovery through eight organ systems of a child's body, beginning with the lungs and ending with the gut. He describes how these systems work and what happens when something goes wrong, recounting true case studies that range from the commonplace (broken bones) to the peculiar (a teenage boy with a positive pregnancy test). Sanghavi also shares his personal insights into the ideology of being a compassionate physician. An outstanding quality of this work is that it shows how the author handles controversial issues, such as abortion and child abuse, in an objective and level-headed manner. Sanghavi's humanism is encouraging in today's world of high-tech, bottom-line medical care. His very readable book is a good resource for parents, as well as educators, social workers, and healthcare personnel who interact with children. Recommended for wellness collections and high school, public, and medical libraries seeking authoritative personal narratives about medicine.
Deborah Broocker, Georgia Perimeter Coll. Lib., Dunwoody, GA
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805075119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805075113
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #824,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a highly readable journey ranging from intensely personal experiences and explanations of the underpinnings of childhood medical ailments. Dr. Sanghavi explains case studies like a master storyteller, so that the reader learns experientially, which is much more enjoyable than perusing a dry textbook. It is not a comprehensive handbook of what ails children, nor is it meant to be. But it does give insight on a wide variety of medical conditions that may affect your child or the children of friends and family. Besides being appealing to any parent, this book will appeal to those who are fascinated by the function of the human body, what life would be like as a pediatrician, and current thinking on a variety of medical debates, including homeopathic medicine, medical opinion and knowledge in the courtroom, and prenatal care. This book is an educational and touching way to see life through the eyes of a thoughtful and academic pediatrician.
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A fabulous book. As a father and the husband of a doctor, I have a keen interest in the subject of this book. Dr. Sanghavi writes with such enthusiasm, compassion and lack of ego that the layperson is drawn into the often confusing and exclusive world of medicine. His historical references, which back up or explain a current case, are fascinating. I hope this will not be the only time we hear from Dr. Sanghavi.
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By CJ on July 25, 2005
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I'm not a doctor but I am the mother of a child and I found this book hard to put down. The author did a terrific job of packaging very clinical information in a compelling and readable book. The stories of his personal and professional experiences really bring the book to life. It's a must for every parent.
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By Sarah F. on November 30, 2006
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As an undergraduate interested in pediatrics but without an extensive knowledge of the body as of yet, this book was absolutely wonderful. Dr. Sanghavi provides a frank, honest view of children's health that I couldn't put down. Wonderful book.
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By Jimmy on November 22, 2008
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This book is a great read and I reccommend this to anyone in the medical field and for anyone with a child. You don't need any medical knowledge to understand the book as everything is made for the layperson to understand. I loved the book!
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A well written book, went hand in hand with what I was learning in class and made the topics so worth hearing, medically and sentimentally!!

Definitely recommend to anyone
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The perfect gift for my grown child who will be a Father for the first time in a few short weeks.
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