Childs Play

It’s February 29, the birthday of the great pediatrician and medical geneticist Barton Childs. Born in 1916, he would have had 24 candles on his cake today. Childs was adopted as a baby. An irony for a medical geneticist, he told me, “Because I have no family history,” no pedigree to check … Continue reading

Diseases as verbs

Last week I reread Owsei Temkin’s classic essay from 1963, “The scientific approach to disease: specific entity and individual illness,” for a course I am co-teaching on individuality and medicine. (I have not found the Temkin essay online. If you would like a copy of it, put a request in the … Continue reading