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Monday, October 19, 6:30 PM ET
Perri Klass presents A Good Time to Be Born: How Science and Public Health Gave Children a Future
In conversation with Andrew Solomon
NYU Professor of Journalism and Pediactrics Perri Klass presents A Good Time to Be Born, her new book about the fight against child mortality that transformed parenting, doctoring, and the way we live. Only one hundred years ago, in even the world’s wealthiest nations, children died in great numbers—of diarrhea, diphtheria, and measles, of scarlet fever and tuberculosis. Throughout history, culture has been shaped by these deaths. The steady beating back of infant and child mortality is one of our greatest human achievements. Interweaving her own experiences as a medical student and doctor, Klass pays tribute to groundbreaking women doctors like Rebecca Lee Crumpler, Mary Putnam Jacobi, and Josephine Baker, and to the nurses, public health advocates, and scientists who brought new approaches and scientific ideas about sanitation and vaccination to families. These scientists, healers, reformers, and parents rewrote the human experience so that—for the first time in human memory—early death is now the exception rather than the rule, bringing about a fundamental transformation in society, culture, and family life. Joining Klass in conversation is Andrew Solomon, National Book Award-winning author of Far From the Tree and Professor of Clinical Medical Psychology at Columbia University Medical Center.