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Dorothy Hansine Andersen

The Life and Times of the Pioneering Physician-Scientist Who Identified Cystic Fibrosis

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  • Features an engaging narrative style
  • Comprehensively chronicles the life and accomplishments of Dorothy Hansine Andersen
  • Examines the discovery of diagnosis for cystic fibrosis of the pancreas

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This book chronicles the life and accomplishments of Dorothy Hansine Andersen, a pioneering American pathologist and pediatrician who was the first person to define, diagnose, and treat cystic fibrosis.

Divided into three parts, the book begins by detailing Anderson’s early life, including being orphaned as an adolescent, her college career, and her laborious start in the medical field. Part II then examines Andersen’s role in defining the new disease “cystic fibrosis of the pancreas” and her career of active engagement in various clinical pursuits and research, both in pathology and pediatrics. Chapters in this section also discuss the numerous attempts made by others to minimize Andersen’s work through gender bias and the Matilda Effect. The book concludes by reviewing the foundations laid for CF, Andersen’s legacy, and her terminal illness. 

Featuring an engaging narrative style, Dorothy Hansine Andersen is a historically relevant, invaluable text for anyone interested in the life of Dorothy Anderson and the nascence of cystic fibrosis diagnoses.

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Table of contents (23 chapters)

  1. Part I

  2. Part II

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Pediatrics, Columbia University, New York, USA

    John Scott Baird

About the author

John Scott Baird MDColumbia University
Department of Pediatrics
Division of Critical Care
New York, NY

Dr. John Scott Baird graduated from the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in 1985. He works in New York, NY as well as five other locations and specializes in Adolescent Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Internal Medicine and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Baird’s current research interests include clinical aspects of critical care medicine, and are focused primarily on understanding and improving the outcome from childhood diseases requiring care in the PICU, particularly pulmonary and renal diseases.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Dorothy Hansine Andersen

  • Book Subtitle: The Life and Times of the Pioneering Physician-Scientist Who Identified Cystic Fibrosis

  • Authors: John Scott Baird

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  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Medicine, Medicine (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-87483-4Published: 20 November 2021

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-87486-5Published: 21 November 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-87484-1Published: 19 November 2021

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIV, 198

  • Number of Illustrations: 19 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Internal Medicine, Pediatrics

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