NICU of the Future
Cambra’s cover story, "Room to Grow" (Brown Medicine, Fall 2009) reminds all of us who are NICU-affected
of the absolute value and importance of those caring for our very young
preemies, and that the outcomes our premature children face can and should be
measured, and improved. I myself gave birth to extremely premature twins,
weighing a pound at birth, in the year 2000.
Our daughter suffered a serious setback shortly after birth, and died
when we removed her from life support four days later. Our son survived for
eight years to be multiply-disabled, before succumbing to complications that
dated back to that same premature delivery.
life of an extremely premature infant can be a complicated one. As the story so
gracefully articulates, not all of these babies go on to be
"miracles," or "success stories." For a parent, the road can be equally
difficult as one learns to navigate the world of illness and challenging
conditions, like chronic lung disease and cerebral palsy. While bioethicists
continue to debate the pros and cons of resuscitating these very premature
infants, it's profoundly reassuring to know that the doctors at Women &
Infants have recognized the array of lifelong complications an ex-preemie can
face, and have dedicated themselves, through their research, studies, and
implementations, to limiting those adverse outcomes.
Providence model surely ought to be that of the future, and I have no doubt
ex-preemies and their parents will benefit remarkably from it.
This Lovely Life: A Memoir of Premature Motherhood
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Mariner Books, 2009)
Thanks for the
enjoyed reading the "From The Collections" piece by Steven Moss and
Tovah Reis (Fall 2009), describing the Rhode Island Medical Society (RIMS) collection
at the John Hay Library. I remember the RIMS collection fondly: after Brown
acquired it in 1987, I helped create an annotated catalogue of the material
under the tutelage of History of Medicine professor Naomi Rogers--and with the
help of a UTRA summer research grant. Spending two months nestled amid the
dusty stacks of the Hay, picking up each new tome to see what lay inside, and
creating notes for scholars to use to understand the collection--well, it was
inspiring and thrilling to be part of it all. As a PLME student concentrating
in history of medicine, the RIMS resources were invaluable. I'm thrilled that
the collection still exists, and that Brown students have the
same opportunity I had to rub John Hay's nose on the way in to encounter
the classics of medicine.
Rosenstock '89 MD'92
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Medical Student Education
University of Pittsburgh School
I enjoyed the fall 2009 edition of Brown Medicine, and the “Bird's Eye View” (Big Shot) is a great
picture and a nice story. Unfortunately, the bird is not a falcon but rather is
Buteo jamaicensis, a red-tailed hawk.
It certainly did have a watchful eye on graduation, however.
Steve Davis MD’80
Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine
Brown Medicine has received two Council for Advancement and
Support of Education District 1 Communication Awards: bronze in the Best
Overall Magazine category and honorable mention for Best Writing.
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