Perri Klass and Janice P. Nimura

An esteemed pediatrician and educator - presently professor of journalism and pediatrics at NYU - Perri Klass has also long been one of the most highly regarded ‘writing doctors’ at work today. She makes a welcome Elliott Bay return - this time virtually - to talk about the new edition of her acclaimed work, The Best Medicine: How Science and Public Health Gave Children a Future (W.W. Norton).

“Klass beautifully demonstrates how the fusion of medical science and public health led to the vaccines, antibiotics, safety measures, and self-help volumes that saved countless young lives while revolutionizing the ways in which we map our children’s future. Elegantly written, filled with memorable characters and events...the perfect prescription for the uncertainties of our time.” - David Oshinsky.

“Not too long ago, parents lived with the near certainty of losing a child or two; Perri Klass captures the drama of science and society’s triumph over that abysmal reality. As we grapple with new and unimaginable scourges, the lessons in this gripping, personal and beautifully researched chronicle could not be more relevant.” - Abraham Verghese, MD.

“All readers with an interest in the history of health care—and all parents who bite their nails over the relatively rare dangers facing their children now—will be riveted.” - Anne Fadiman.

Perri Klass is also national medical director of Reach Out and Read, writes a weekly column, ‘The Checkup,’ for the New York Times, and is the author of numerous other books (novels among them), including Quirky Kids, The Mercy Rule, Every Mother is a Daughter, and The Mystery of Healing.

Appearing in conversation with Perri Klass tonight is historian Janice P. Nimura. Janice P. Nimura received a Public Scholar Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of her work on her own most tecent book,  The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine (W.W. Norton), a finalist for the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in biography.  Her previous book, Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back, was a New York Times Notable book in 2015. Her essays and book reviews have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Smithsonian, The Rumpus, and LitHub, among other publications.

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The Best Medicine: How Science and Public Health Gave Children a Future By Perri Klass Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780393882384
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 19th, 2022

The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine By Janice P. Nimura Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781324020202
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 18th, 2022

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