Bringing Down Infant and Child Mortality: Prevention, Progress, and Persistent Disparities

September 26, 2022
5:00pm – 6:15pm
127 Dunleavy Hall or over Zoom (see link below)

Zoom link for Bringing Down Infant and Child Mortality

Perri Klass, M.D.
Professor of Journalism and Pediatrics
New York University 

Perri Klass, MD, is Professor of Journalism and Pediatrics at New York University and Co-Director of NYU Florence. She will discuss her recent book, The Best Medicine: How Science and Public Health Gave Children a Future. This timely book traces the complexities of medical history and the ways that childhood mortality resonated in literature and in popular culture to try and understand what it meant to live with the high level of loss that existed until a century ago. It then explores the readjustment to a world where childhood death becomes a tragic exception rather than a predictable PART OF PARENTHOOD – AND PEDIATRICS. Finally, it discusses the ways that CHILDREN GROWING UP IN POVERTY, immigrant families, and communities of color HAVE ALWAYS BORNE A disproportionate burden OF childhood illness and death, AND THE WAYS THESE DISPARITIES PERSIST TODAY, DESPITE the advances of science and public health.