The Handbook of International Adoption Medicine: A Guide for Physicians, Parents, and Providers

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Since 1989, American families have adopted more than 167,000 children from other countries. Many of these children have lived in crowded conditions, sometimes with poor standards of hygiene, inadequate nutrition, and limited numbers of caregivers. Some suffer from endemic infectious diseases.

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Reviewer: Daniel R. Bronfin, M.D.(Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This is the first comprehensive book devoted to the burgeoning field of international adoption medicine. Roughly 200,000 children have been adopted from other countries by Americans since 1986; the unique medical and developmental problems of these patients require specialized knowledge by the providers and families who care for them.
Purpose: The book successfully guides the reader through the medical, legal, psychosocial, developmental, and emotional issues in 1) preparing for international adoption, 2) initial evaluation of a child upon arrival to the U.S., and 3) early recognition and management of possible long-term problems based on the child's country of origin.
Audience: Pediatricians will be the main beneficiary of this effort. It will also prove to be a useful book for social workers, therapists, nonmedical adoption professionals and parents.
Features: Dr. Miller focuses on pre-adoption issues, prenatal exposures, travel and transition, growth and development, infectious diseases and other medical problems, and neurocognitive/behavioral issues relevant to international adoptees. The emphasis on issues unique to various countries of origin and the in-depth discussion on the effects of institutionalization were most enlightening.
Assessment: This is an indispensable resource for physicians who provide care to these children and an important and fascinating read for all child advocates. Dr. Miller appropriately comments in the preface that credit is often inappropriately given to healthcare professionals for these children's successes, while in fact, the "most profound intervention of all" is the act of adoption itself.
From the Publisher

"I strongly recommend this book to adoptive parents, adoption agencies, physicians, and anyone interested in the health and well-being of children adopted from other other countries." --Adoptive Families

"In an ambitious effort, Laurie Miller, one of the pioneers of international adoption medicine, takes on a wide range of challenges for international adoptees. The book's content provides sufficient depth and detail for the health care provider and practical advice for adoptive parents...Of all the sections, perhaps the most useful is the last, which addresses attachment, learning, and cultural and identity issues...The book is an excellent resource for adoptive parents, adoption professionals, and health care professionals. It fills a gap in the literature and is a welcome and much-needed resource."--New England Journal of Medicine

"This is an indispensable resource for physicians who provide care to these children and an important and fascinating read for all child advocates." --Doody's

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195145304
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/13/2004
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1. International Adoption Medicine

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2005

    Essential resource for International Adoption

    I am an RN, director of an international adoption agency, and adoptive parent. I wish this book had been available when my family was in the adoption process. The information is clearly presented, covers genetic defects, comminicable diseases, environmental hazards, and impacts of institutionalization. It even provides country specific information for all common adoption destinations. There are plenty of pictures (only B&W, unfortunately) to help you really understand the appearance of different conditions. Simple enough for any adoptive parent, but still thorough enough to really help an adoption or health care professional, we plan to recommend this book to all of our client families.

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