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Written primarily as a guide for parents navigating the unpredictable health of their children, the book also addresses the future of pediatric care, as Newman delves into the most innovative therapies and initiatives in development through the stories of the young patients he has treated. As the current CEO of Children's National in Washington, D.C., the author presents a Written primarily as a guide for parents navigating the unpredictable health of their children, the book also addresses the future of pediatric care, as Newman delves into the most innovative therapies and initiatives in development through the stories of the young patients he has treated. As the current CEO of Children's National in Washington, D.C., the author presents an argument to place children's medical requirements and their need to thrive well into adulthood at the forefront of American medicine, and he admits that 'these kids have been my real teachers


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Written primarily as a guide for parents navigating the unpredictable health of their children, the book also addresses the future of pediatric care, as Newman delves into the most innovative therapies and initiatives in development through the stories of the young patients he has treated. As the current CEO of Children's National in Washington, D.C., the author presents a Written primarily as a guide for parents navigating the unpredictable health of their children, the book also addresses the future of pediatric care, as Newman delves into the most innovative therapies and initiatives in development through the stories of the young patients he has treated. As the current CEO of Children's National in Washington, D.C., the author presents an argument to place children's medical requirements and their need to thrive well into adulthood at the forefront of American medicine, and he admits that 'these kids have been my real teachers

30 review for Healing Children: A Surgeon's Stories from the Frontiers of Pediatric Medicine

  1. 5 out of 5

    Petra X on hiatus (or trying to be)

    At first I thought this book was going to be the usual enjoyable medical memoir of cases, and so was a little disappointed when the author moves away from surgery into administration. But although reading of the transition was somewhat tedious, the end justified the means. The author wanted to set up dedicated pediatric hospitals and specialities. He says that children's bodies, brains and their ability to deal with illness and to heal are so different from adults, they are almost a sub-species At first I thought this book was going to be the usual enjoyable medical memoir of cases, and so was a little disappointed when the author moves away from surgery into administration. But although reading of the transition was somewhat tedious, the end justified the means. The author wanted to set up dedicated pediatric hospitals and specialities. He says that children's bodies, brains and their ability to deal with illness and to heal are so different from adults, they are almost a sub-species of human, and therefore need to be treated less as small people and more as a different animal altogether. I understand this. Children's dna is programmed to thrive, to mend, to do anything to achieve adulthood and breed - to pass on their genes, how could it be otherwise? Kurt Newman's dedication to this seems to have sprung from two sources. The first was his own cancer, which drove him towards medicine, and the second, an incident when the was a young doctor and training. He entered a 4 year old patient's room to find her grandfather and parents have taped tubes up their noses and on their foreheads in order to make the little girl feel better, 'more normal' about herself and all the tubes that formed part of her treatment. The doctor in charge objected strongly to this and said he would stop treatment and have the child ejected from the hospital if these tubes were not immediately removed. But the author's compassion was aroused and it perhaps set the philosophy of his career path -treating children not just the illness, and including the support system, whether family or medical as being part of that treatment. The author has had a lot of success in his ambitions and is also a very good writer. Although I enjoyed the overall thrust of the book to a more specialised pediatric medicine, I enjoyed the stories of his young patients even more.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lyndsey Thackston

    This was so well written it was almost a work of literary non-fiction. The author is able to connect with readers at a personal level and creates vivid stories of hope, goodness, heartbreak and humanity. I got so sucked into his world and musings that I couldn't stop reading. I hope this book brings attention to the appalling disparity in funding for children's health research. It thoroughly makes the argument for the importance of children's hospitals and their place in our healthcare system. I This was so well written it was almost a work of literary non-fiction. The author is able to connect with readers at a personal level and creates vivid stories of hope, goodness, heartbreak and humanity. I got so sucked into his world and musings that I couldn't stop reading. I hope this book brings attention to the appalling disparity in funding for children's health research. It thoroughly makes the argument for the importance of children's hospitals and their place in our healthcare system. It also gave me an incredible appreciation for the unsung heroes who work on the front line of medicine, particularly those who are able to maintain their humanity.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Akira Rodriguez Komatsu

    This book was a gift from my sister, who's also MD. When I started reading it, I immediately understood that every chapter needs to be readed cautiously to understand what Dr. Newman wants to show you, a special case that marked his life, the problems he had when he started as a Pediatric surgeon resident or a person that was not a patient but thought him an incredible lesson about hoy to be a better person. One of the central topics of the book is true, beacuse in my country, Panama, some people This book was a gift from my sister, who's also MD. When I started reading it, I immediately understood that every chapter needs to be readed cautiously to understand what Dr. Newman wants to show you, a special case that marked his life, the problems he had when he started as a Pediatric surgeon resident or a person that was not a patient but thought him an incredible lesson about hoy to be a better person. One of the central topics of the book is true, beacuse in my country, Panama, some people believwe that kids are adults in small size. This point of view is completely wrong, beacuse all the physiology of the children is so complex and different tan adults that requieres a new understanding and learning to comprehend the clinical situatiuon that is going on. Some diseases are shared both by adults and children, but the latter ones has some specific from their stage of life and even specific from certain ages, like Meckel's diverticulum, intususception or Kawasaki disease. And as a newly graduated MD, I can say that is a big challenge beacuse sometimes thay can´t speak to you and the only solution relies on your physical exam. Other important point is how well organized are the Pediatric hospitals and clinics in U.S.A., how every member of their team plays an important role in the recovery of the patients along with the parents. Also, teaches some models that could be emulated in other countries to improve the pediatric medicine. Finally, this novel this is a book that every person that study or practice medicine, nursery, psychology or any other health science should read to understand the importance of the health of our children as the future of the society.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kori Morris

    Absolutely heartbreaking cases handled by not lingering on the pain, but focusing on what parents did/can do right and explaining treatments used on the children. Unfortunately, the book focused more on the author and the establishment of Children's National than I had been hoping when picking up the book. Absolutely heartbreaking cases handled by not lingering on the pain, but focusing on what parents did/can do right and explaining treatments used on the children. Unfortunately, the book focused more on the author and the establishment of Children's National than I had been hoping when picking up the book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Overall it's a great book. Dr. Newman intertwines his experiences and patient stories to illustrate the importance of specialized pediatric hospitals. His message was preaching to the choir with me. It was interesting to learn about the evolution of treatments during his career. For any parents, I think his epilogue which contains the 8 steps for parents to establish a pediatric care plan is really great information I wish I would have had when my sons were small. Overall it's a great book. Dr. Newman intertwines his experiences and patient stories to illustrate the importance of specialized pediatric hospitals. His message was preaching to the choir with me. It was interesting to learn about the evolution of treatments during his career. For any parents, I think his epilogue which contains the 8 steps for parents to establish a pediatric care plan is really great information I wish I would have had when my sons were small.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Liralen

    Nicely insightful. Newman has had quite a career, so a large portion of the book focuses less on patients' cases and more on the development of his hospital. I'm typically more interested in the patient-story end of things, and I would have preferred that the pendulum swing that way a bit more often, but it's still interesting to see more of the 'back end' of things. Probably also a good fit for parents, as Newman talks at some length about things like how to pick your go-to emergency room in ca Nicely insightful. Newman has had quite a career, so a large portion of the book focuses less on patients' cases and more on the development of his hospital. I'm typically more interested in the patient-story end of things, and I would have preferred that the pendulum swing that way a bit more often, but it's still interesting to see more of the 'back end' of things. Probably also a good fit for parents, as Newman talks at some length about things like how to pick your go-to emergency room in case of an emergency with your child, which...sounds more useful to people who have, or expect to soon have, children! (Though perhaps a good reminder that not all emergency rooms are created equal, whether they're designed for adults or for children.)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Kidwell

    Healing Children A Surgeon's Stories from the Frontiers of Pediatric Medicine by Kurt Newman, M.D. PENGUIN GROUP Viking Viking Biographies & Memoirs Pub Date 13 Jun 2017 I am voluntarily reviewing Healing Children through Penguin Group Viking and Netgalley: This book tells of a Pediatric Surgeons cases in medicine. He talks about a little girl named Ella who needed a g-tube after surgery, and the way her family helped her through that. The author reminded us that Pediatric Surgery is a young medical spe Healing Children A Surgeon's Stories from the Frontiers of Pediatric Medicine by Kurt Newman, M.D. PENGUIN GROUP Viking Viking Biographies & Memoirs Pub Date 13 Jun 2017 I am voluntarily reviewing Healing Children through Penguin Group Viking and Netgalley: This book tells of a Pediatric Surgeons cases in medicine. He talks about a little girl named Ella who needed a g-tube after surgery, and the way her family helped her through that. The author reminded us that Pediatric Surgery is a young medical speciality, as late as the 1970's adult surgeons were operating on children. He talks about dealing with children with life altering, and even Life stealing injuries. I give Healing Children five out of five stars! Happy Reading!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    Having spent more than enough time in a children's hospital, this book hit home. It's an insightful, inspired read. Most importantly, Dr. Newman's prose is light and the book moves along at a nice clip. Highly recommend. Having spent more than enough time in a children's hospital, this book hit home. It's an insightful, inspired read. Most importantly, Dr. Newman's prose is light and the book moves along at a nice clip. Highly recommend.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Clara Roberts

    This was a great book. I just could not put it down. The story is told in three parts. The first part talks about how he came to choose the field of pediatric medicine. He is overflowing in his praise of his mentors. In the USA there are over 5000 hospitals that specialize in adult health care and only 35 that specialize in care for children. In a population of 300 million people 75 million are below the age of eighteen. The real money is in the end of life and palliative care, "while children's This was a great book. I just could not put it down. The story is told in three parts. The first part talks about how he came to choose the field of pediatric medicine. He is overflowing in his praise of his mentors. In the USA there are over 5000 hospitals that specialize in adult health care and only 35 that specialize in care for children. In a population of 300 million people 75 million are below the age of eighteen. The real money is in the end of life and palliative care, "while children's medicine is painfully undervalued and underfunded." The second section of this book is the story of how he became the chief surgeon of the children's hospital. The third section deals becoming the CFO and fund raising effort to expand the hospital. The book is chocked full op personal stories of being on call 24/7. He ends with a chapter talking about en uterus too prevent birth defects as surgery can take place while the baby is in the mothers womb.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mystic Miraflores

    I read this book because I live in the Washington DC area and know of the Children's National Health System.I have donated to its oncology clinic in Falls Church, Virginia. My contact there is actually an art therapist, who is part of a team of professionals trying to help children process their feelings about cancer. What interested me the most were the Dr.'s personal stories of healing, and also those of loss--even though those stories were hard to read. The information about the different lev I read this book because I live in the Washington DC area and know of the Children's National Health System.I have donated to its oncology clinic in Falls Church, Virginia. My contact there is actually an art therapist, who is part of a team of professionals trying to help children process their feelings about cancer. What interested me the most were the Dr.'s personal stories of healing, and also those of loss--even though those stories were hard to read. The information about the different levels of NICU was interesting because I too was not aware of the differences. The two hospitals near my house each has a level III NICU; now I know what that means. The need for aggressive fund-raising by the hospital system was very eye-opening, but it is definitely something that pays off. I am heartened by the stories of the doctors, nurses, mental health professionals and others like Dr. Newman who are determined to cure various childhood diseases.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Viewpoints Radio

    Children are not small adults; their biology differs from that of adults and therefore they have different medicine to treat the same illnesses that adults suffer from. Dr. Kurt Newman, President and CEO at Children’s National Health System, says that we don’t invest as much as we should in our children’s healths. On our weekly radio show Radio Health Journal, we discuss children's health care with Dr. Newman. If you would like to hear the full story, check out this link: https://radiohealthjour Children are not small adults; their biology differs from that of adults and therefore they have different medicine to treat the same illnesses that adults suffer from. Dr. Kurt Newman, President and CEO at Children’s National Health System, says that we don’t invest as much as we should in our children’s healths. On our weekly radio show Radio Health Journal, we discuss children's health care with Dr. Newman. If you would like to hear the full story, check out this link: https://radiohealthjournal.wordpress....

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brianna Ceballos

    Hands down One of the most educational and eye-opening pieces of writing I have ever read, not only for new parents or old parents but for people in general related to the healthcare industry. The ideas that are laid out in this book are monumental to the future of medicine and the stories in here or jaw-dropping. I recommend this book to anyone in the slightest interest related to the healthcare industry one of my top five favorite books. Thank you doctor for taking your time and sharing your j Hands down One of the most educational and eye-opening pieces of writing I have ever read, not only for new parents or old parents but for people in general related to the healthcare industry. The ideas that are laid out in this book are monumental to the future of medicine and the stories in here or jaw-dropping. I recommend this book to anyone in the slightest interest related to the healthcare industry one of my top five favorite books. Thank you doctor for taking your time and sharing your journey!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie

    I bought this book as a Christmas present for my high schooler who is contemplating a career in medicine and this book was perfect for that age group. My 8th grader also read it and she loved it too. I read it in one sitting on a long plane ride and thoroughly enjoyed it. Personal patient stories, career decisions and big picture medical issues. We were all a little wistful that the author wandered away from patient care to advance the hospital reputation and level of care. Many great family con I bought this book as a Christmas present for my high schooler who is contemplating a career in medicine and this book was perfect for that age group. My 8th grader also read it and she loved it too. I read it in one sitting on a long plane ride and thoroughly enjoyed it. Personal patient stories, career decisions and big picture medical issues. We were all a little wistful that the author wandered away from patient care to advance the hospital reputation and level of care. Many great family conversations after this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Josephine

    This book was not on my radar and wouldn’t have been except for a fluke happening at work. I loved the “backstage pass” to pediatric medicine and how it evolved throughout the author’s career. As someone who helps to steward philanthropy at a children’s hospital in Michigan, I also appreciated the stories of how philanthropic gifts build and sustain these important institutions. Great read that will inform, inspire and certainly tug at your heartstrings.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Zaranis

    I found Dr. Newman's book to be very interesting. He gave the reader a wonderful timeline on the beginning look into his long career history at Children's National. The stories were very heartwarming, eye opening and had me shed a tear or two. I would recommend this book to any parent or young adult looking wanting to put yourself into a healthcare professionals shoes. I found Dr. Newman's book to be very interesting. He gave the reader a wonderful timeline on the beginning look into his long career history at Children's National. The stories were very heartwarming, eye opening and had me shed a tear or two. I would recommend this book to any parent or young adult looking wanting to put yourself into a healthcare professionals shoes.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Webajeb

    I enjoyed this book about the advances that are being made (way too slowly) in the healing of diseases and cancers in children, and about how different a child's physiology is than an adult. As with pretty much every book I read about medicine and/or our health system, the subject of diet as a preventative and as a way to boost our immune systems - is never mentioned. I enjoyed this book about the advances that are being made (way too slowly) in the healing of diseases and cancers in children, and about how different a child's physiology is than an adult. As with pretty much every book I read about medicine and/or our health system, the subject of diet as a preventative and as a way to boost our immune systems - is never mentioned.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amy Lerner

    Though the subtitle says this is a book of surgeon's stories, it's much more than that: it's a forward-thinking and hopeful look at some of the biggest challenges in pediatric medicine. #OneSentenceBookReview Though the subtitle says this is a book of surgeon's stories, it's much more than that: it's a forward-thinking and hopeful look at some of the biggest challenges in pediatric medicine. #OneSentenceBookReview

  18. 5 out of 5

    Chris Mi

    Really enjoyed the first two parts, hearing stories of patients, learning about the medical system and specifically the pediatric system. The third part, when the author is CEO, struggles between storytelling and an HBR article, still I finished it in one sitting.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jared Reeder

    As a premed student, I did love this book! My only critique is how short some of the chapters were; almost as if you expected a story to begin to unfold, and the chapter suddenly ends. Despite this, I do highly recommend this book to any reader who is interested in entering the medical profession.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Owen Ofan

    An amazing book that highlights the importance of pediatric care and why more research is needed in this field. The resiliency of a child is truly remarkable and Dr. Newman highlights this brilliantly through the stories of patients he's cared for. An amazing book that highlights the importance of pediatric care and why more research is needed in this field. The resiliency of a child is truly remarkable and Dr. Newman highlights this brilliantly through the stories of patients he's cared for.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Dr. Newman makes a strong case for taking a sick or injured child to a pediatric hospital. Children are not just smaller versions of adults. This book did not pull me in like some other medical memoirs, but it could be a really valuable guide for someone with young children.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Megan Clemance

    Very interesting account of a career through paediatric medicine and surgery. Eye opening to the development of this field of medicine, and how much more can be done. Well written, so easy to follow and read for a non-medic.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Jackson

    Excellent book on Pediatric care in the US and recommendations for future priorities. I highly recommend this book.

  24. 5 out of 5

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  25. 4 out of 5

    Peg

    I found this book enlightening regarding the progress that has been made in treating children, and addressing how much work is still required to provide specialized care to children.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Not what I thought it was going to be

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shelly

    This book was just "OK' for me. Although I found the doctor's experiences intriquing, the book was pretty "dry". This book was just "OK' for me. Although I found the doctor's experiences intriquing, the book was pretty "dry".

  28. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    The clinical stories were interesting, but the book felt largely like a fundraising initiative for Children's Hospital. The clinical stories were interesting, but the book felt largely like a fundraising initiative for Children's Hospital.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Chin

    Every parent should read this book. I should have read it when my kids when kids.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    This book talks a lot about hospital donations and the lack of funds, wasn’t what I expected at all...

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