Medicine Science and Dreams: The Making of Physician-Scientists / Edition 1

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Physician-scientists are unusual creatures. While we are drawn to the clinical challenges of our patients, we are also drawn to the opportunities that our patients' medical problems bring to science. This book contains the unique experiences and encounters that drew 20 accomplished physician-scientists to this profession. These personal stories are those of people and circumstances that have had profound effects on out career decisions, our creative opportunities, and our lives. These stories also serve to highlight the lessons learned along the way and the distinct attributes of these women and men of medicine and science. Our combined hope is that our collective biographies will enhance the public understanding of our profession, will move people from medicine to science and from science to medicine, and will inspire those who are contemplating this extraordinary profession.

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“A wonderful collection of personal stories written by 20 prominent and highly successful physician-scientists. … The overarching message of this book is clear. … a rare gift to benefit from the collective wisdom of so many individuals at the same time. These physician-scientists have provided readers with helpful advice and thoughtful encouragement. … he or she will find something of value in this collection of stories. Schwartz has done readers a great service and has added to the legacy of these prominent and successful physician-scientists.” (Derek S. Wheeler, Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 306 (9), September, 2011)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789048195374
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 12/3/2010
  • Edition description: 2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 334
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. David Schwartz is serving as the director of the Center for Genes, Environment, and Health and as the Provost for National Jewish Health. He previously served as director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). David has made numerous contributions toward understanding the role that genetic determinants play in the onset of diseases that are influenced by environmental exposures. He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians and the recipient the 2003 American Thoracic Society Scientific Accomplishment Award. David is a native of New York, and lives with his wife, Louise Sparks, and their three children, Tziporah, Samuel, and Kiera.

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Table of Contents

1 The Loneliness of the Physician-Scientist Fernando D. Martinez 1

2 Gamow, Guppies, and the Search for GOD David S. Pisetsky 15

3 The Epigenesis of an Epigeneticist Andrew P. Feinberg 33

4 A Delicate Balance: Science, Medicine, and Motherhood Laurie H. Glimcher 45

5 …First Pick Good Parents Edward J. Benz, Jr. 59

6 The Long Way to Somewhere Moisés Selman 75

7 Sputnik, Slime Molds, and Botticelli in the Making of a Physician-Scientist R. Sanders Williams 91

8 Success for the Whole Community Talmadge E. King, Jr. 107

9 The Irony of Disease David A. Schwartz 125

10 Serendipity and Stamina: Staying the Course Barton F. Haynes 143

11 Twists and Turns on the Road to Becoming a Physician-Scientist Stephen I. Katz 159

12 Journeys from Bedside to Bench and Back Jeffrey C. Murray 181

13 Life Comes to One Erika von Mutius 199

14 What Is a Guy Like You Doing in a Place Like This" A Physician-Scientist in the Private Sector Gilad S.Gordon 211

15 The Jock and the Doc Michael D. Iseman 225

16 The Making of a Medical Epidemiologist Philip J. Landrigan 241

17 Curiosity, Hard Work, and Tenacity Moira Chan-Yeung 257

18 Physician-Scientist: Linking Science, Medicine, and Public Policy Gilbert S. Omenn 269

19 Pursuit of a Patient-Oriented Research Career as a Physician-Scientist Robert W. Schrier 289

20 What Went Right Ralph I. Horwitz 303

Index 313

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