In this book, the now-seasoned pediatrician reflects on six decades of life in which appearances and reality are often widely divergent. In true, multi-layered stories, he recounts shaping influences, surprising outcomes, and life-altering experiences. With humor and honesty, he shares tales from his boyhood and young adulthood, and he discusses the rigors of medical school, residency, and a busy pediatric practice. He openly describes what it feels like to care for children who are dying or near death, allowing the reader to experience the pediatrician's joyful triumphs, his deep sorrows, his disappointing failures, and his terrifying fears.
Within these pages, the boy called Champ sheds his nickname and grows to realize that a true Champion has been with him all his life.