Robert Guthrie--the PKU Story: Crusade Against Mental Retardation

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Hope Publishing House, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 190 pages
This marvelous history tells of Robert Guthrie's campaign to discover and promote world-wide newborn testing for PKU anomalies plus a host of other genetic disorders that cause mental retardation or premature death if not treated immediately. Dr. Guthrie also waged a battle against lead poisoning long before the public or the the medical community became concerned about this danger. This winsome biography captures the spirit of a soft-spoken, gentle man who was passionate about helping babies born at risk. It is a fitting tribute to a medical crusader and his colleagues who worked tirelessly to save thousands of children from illness and mental retardation.

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Contents

PKU WhatsThat?
19
A Newborn Screening Test V
31
In the LawyersDen
43
A Son with Mental Retardation
51
Encounters
59
Waging War on Childhood Lead Poisoning
81
The Guthries on Trek
93
i0 Around the World
109
John Guthrie Grows Up
119
i2 New Frontiers
129
H Profiles of Patients with PKU
155
Newborn Screening for Sickle Cell Disease
173
Awards Given to Bob Guthrie
181
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