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Fragile Beginnings by Adam Wolfberg, MD

Fragile Beginnings

Fragile Beginnings by Adam Wolfberg, MD
Feb 05, 2013

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“A page-turner for any parent of a premature infant.”—Boston Globe

“Midway through Dr. Adam Wolfberg’s internship, his daughter is born severely premature. Suddenly he finds himself on the other side of the medical curtain, navigating the terrifying maze of life-threatening illness. From his unique vantage point as physician and parent, Wolfberg brings us inside neonatology and intensive care units, on a journey that is both heart-wrenching and eye-opening. Honest, perceptive, engaging.”—Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, author of Medicine in Translation and Singular Intimacies

“ [An] honest, heart-wrenching yet hopeful account.”—Isis Parenting

“Writing with a physician’s acuity and a father’s compassion, Adam Wolfberg presents a clear-eyed view of the challenges facing premature infants and their families, as well as the harrowing world of newborn intensive care. His honesty will be welcomed by anyone who has navigated this treacherous course.”—Elizabeth Mehren, Professor of Journalism, Boston University, and author of Born Too Soon

 “Adam Wolfberg is uniquely qualified to write this powerful, illuminating, and much-needed book. By blending the fears and hopes of his personal story with the knowledge and insight of his professional experience, he takes readers through every aspect of the newborn intensive care unit. Truth, unsweetened by sentimentality, informs every page. I learned far more than I imagined there was to learn while being so caught up in his daughter’s journey that I couldn’t put the book down.”—Rachel Simon, author of The Story of a Beautiful Girl

Table Of Contents

Chapter 1) Fragile Beginnings
Chapter 2) Critical Hours
Chapter 3) Gifted Hands
Chapter 4) “The Degree of Impairment Is Difficult to Predict”
Chapter 5) Injury, and What Follows
Chapter 6) Whose Choice?
Chapter 7) Is Your Life Good?
Chapter 8) The Recovery Pathway
Chapter 9) Making It Routine
Chapter 10) Gains of Function
Chapter 11) The Plasticity Treadmill
Chapter 12) Living the Dream


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