A Good Time to Be Born
Guest: Dr. Perri Klass, MD, Professor of Journalism and Pediatrics at New York University and Co-Director of NYU Florence, and author of "A Good Time to Be Born: How Science and Public Health Gave Children a Future"
A century ago, no family, no matter how wealthy, could statistically count on all their children living to adulthood. Even Rockefeller's first grandchild died of scarlet fever. Thanks to genius medical advancements and improvements in public health practices, we are, by and large, unacquainted with that reality.
Guest: Julian Guthrie, author of “Good Blood: A Doctor, a Donor, and the Incredible Breakthrough That Saved Millions of Babies”
Rh disease was a chronic problem during pregnancy, one in which the mother's immune system attacked the unborn child she was carrying. Dr. John Gorman found a most improbable cure from a fourteen-year-old Australian boy who received a life-saving blood transfusion in 1951.