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In this compelling book, Dr. Darshak Sanghavi takes the reader on a dramatic tour of a child's eight vital organs, beginning with the lungs and proceeding through the heart, blood, bones, brain, skin, gonads, and gut. Along the way, we meet children and families in extraordinary circumstances-a premature baby named Adam Flax who was born with undeveloped lungs, a teenage boy with a positive pregnancy test, and a young girl who keeps losing weight despite her voracious appetite. In a deeply personal narrative, ...
In this compelling book, Dr. Darshak Sanghavi takes the reader on a dramatic tour of a child's eight vital organs, beginning with the lungs and proceeding through the heart, blood, bones, brain, skin, gonads, and gut. Along the way, we meet children and families in extraordinary circumstances-a premature baby named Adam Flax who was born with undeveloped lungs, a teenage boy with a positive pregnancy test, and a young girl who keeps losing weight despite her voracious appetite. In a deeply personal narrative, Sanghavi provides a richly detailed-and humanized-portrait of how the pediatric body functions in both sickness and health.
"A Map of the Child is a wonderful romp through the human body as seen through the eyes of a discerning and sensitive pediatrician. Sanghavi's organizes his material by organ systems, but this simply gives him a launching point to take the reader on spellbinding excursions. His writing delves deep into the heart of what medicine is and the miracles and hazards of the voyage of childhood."-Abraham Verghese, author of The Tennis Partner and My Own Country
"Dr. Sanghavi teaches by example and complements his stories with science, medicine, religion, philosophy and social commentary. Having watched Dr. Sanghavi's own development as a pediatrician, it is wonderful to observe the power that his personal learning experience can now have on others, be they medical colleagues, parents or general readers. Indeed, Dr. Sanghavi provides a roadmap and directory for understanding the impact of illness on children as well as those who care for them."-Philip A. Pizzo, MD, Dean, Stanford University School of Medicine
"Appealing and informative...An elucidation of the human child's organs, the how and why of illnesses that strike them, and such related issues as circumcision, vaccination, abortion, and child abuse-all enriched by the author's personal memories. Sanghavi describes this work as part of his "quest to learn humanity," a goal he has heartwarmingly achieved."-Kirkus Reviews
"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."-Library Journal, starred review
132"An example of expert storytelling-a true page turner. [Sanghavi's] profession has provided him with a wealth of illuminating stories that he weaves together seamlesly...Compelling, thoughtful and informative."-Albert L. Huebner, Bookpage
|Preface: A Life Begins||xi|
|1.||Lungs: From Bombay to Boston, stories of people and lungs seeking freedom||1|
|2.||Heart: Tales with varying degrees of closure||33|
|3.||Blood: On the path to redemption||58|
|4.||Bones: On the interpretation of omens||92|
|5.||Brain: On the acceptance and taming of danger||136|
|6.||Skin: On the making and breaking of contact||167|
|7.||Gonads: On the need for mentioning the unmentionable||196|
|8.||Guts: On remedying various kinds of emptiness, and a concluding confession||225|
Posted March 26, 2010
This book is very informative and teaches parents and students about the bodies of children in a way that is interesting. Sanghavi writes about his experiences with his patients and also about his personal life to inform readers. He discusses several body systems in the book and describes many different problems that can arise in a developing child. He also writes about how he treats patients with these problems. Parents and students will enjoy reading this book about the bodies of children.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 12, 2005
I ordered this book by mistake, and was glad that I did! This should be required reading for highschoolers learning about the body. Compelling and engagingly told, Dr. Sanghavi is a storyteller who makes the workings of the human body understandable and relevant to those of us who are science-challenged! A jewel of a book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 26, 2003
I wanted this book when I was pregnant with my 3rd child- a step by step guide through the child¿s body. The chapters included are Lungs, Heart, Blood, Bones, Brain, Skin, Gonads, Guts. Each chapter includes a nice discussion of how the organ or set of organs, are supposed to function and a few case studies on what can go wrong with them. Darshak Sanghavi strikes me as a very intelligent, compassionate and caring pediatrician. He attended Harvard Medical School and trained at Boston¿s Children¿s Hospital. Generally only the most successful of students have those opportunities. Darshak attends summer camps for kids with cancers and makes his way to a Navajo reservation to practice pediatrics- presumably his education was paid in part because of an agreement to work in underserved areas. Over the course of the book, he talks about the extra time he spends with his young patients, making them comfortable and explaining their illnesses to their parents. Noble goals, all in all. Unfortunately, the author misses a crucial chapter when he fails to include Immunology, and he apparently hasn¿t read the American Academy of Pediatrics Statement on the Use of Human Milk. This statement includes over 100 references, citing the need for human babies to receive their mother¿s milk for at least the first 6 months of life. Why is this significant? In his chapter on Blood, a child undergoes a bone marrow transplant. It has been well documented that organ transplants are more successful if the recipient was breastfed as a child. It would have been useful to see mention of this fact. No one expects their child to have an organ transplant, but I think all mothers would do whatever they could to ensure that the child survives one. Sadly, this child didn¿t. I¿m not sure if Darshak really likes seeing mothers parent instinctively or naturally. The same chapter opens with the only account of a homebirth in the book and leads to the case of a child with hemorrhagic disease of the newborn or HDN. Homebirths are safer than hospital births and the outcomes for the baby are much better when the child is born at home. I don¿t find it coincidental that the author chose this family to illustrate a very rare condition that could happen in the hospital as well as at home. After all, any mother can decline the Vitamin K injection for her baby. The chapter on Bones includes a lengthy review of a child abuse case and a discussion on medical findings in abuse. Artificially fed infants are at greater risk of being abused by their parents than are breastfed babies. Pediatricians need to let parents know that their job as parents will be more stressful when they bottle feed their baby rather than breastfeeding. In the case study in the book, it was a nanny who abused the child, not the parent, but it is an important piece of information that parents need to know. In Guts, a small, but important piece of information is left out. The chapter includes an 8 year old girl who is diagnosed with Insulin Dependant Diabetes Mellitis (IDDM) and we read that ¿no preventable risk factors have been identified¿. Had Dr. Sanghavi read the literature published in the Lancet, among other journals, he would have learned that early introduction to cow¿s milk is a significant risk factor in developing IDDM. Most infant formulas are cow¿s milk based, therefore, most infants not breastfed have early cow¿s milk exposure. If parents are given that knowledge, that is an easily prevented risk factor. Why did this pediatrician fail to give it in this easily read form? The infant who is dehydrated at the beginning of this same chapter is also a breastfed (all one word, no hyphen) baby. Rarely do breastfed babies suffer diarrhea, rarely do mothers have a hard time keeping up with their child¿s needs. Human milk is a very effWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 27, 2002
Posted December 25, 2002
A fascinating tour of a sensitive young pediatrician's personal journey through his experiences with childhood diseases, both common and rare, in several locations throughout the world. This multi-faceted work deals with the author's responses to his small patients, with clear descriptions of the disease entities encountered, with medical history, and in at least one case, with contemporary headlines. While geared to the lay public, and not only to parents, physicians will also read it with pleasure.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.