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Dr. Thomas Cook | Isbn 9781948509091 | 262pgs | $19.99 | Children’s Health | Orthopedics | Disability | Immigration | Public Health

Hear an interview with Thomas Cook on NPR Iowa Public Radio’s River to River

Clubfoot: The Quest for a Better Life for Millions of Children tells the little-known story of the world’s most common skeletal birth defect and development of a revolutionary method for eliminating lifelong disability for the 200,000 children born every year with this deformity. The hero of this story is Dr. Ignacio Ponseti (1914-2009) who, as a young physician, became enmeshed in the Spanish Civil War before being forced into exile in France and then Mexico. He eventually found a home in the heartland of America where, despite opposition from the medical establishment, he began a life-long quest to reshape children’s futures from lives of pain and disability to lives of hope and promise. Because of Dr. Ponseti’s quest, and the many healthcare professionals, parents, and other advocates who have taken it up, a normal, disability-free life is now possible for hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of children.  This book answers three questions. Who was Ignacio Ponseti? What is the treatment he developed? How successful is his quest?

“The truly remarkable story of the legacy of Dr. Ponseti and his continuing impact on the lives of children around the world. He is God’s gift to these children.”-Tom Brokaw, Journalist, author, and advocate for eliminating clubfoot disability

“Thank you for the exhaustive research of this important story. Dr. Ponseti deserves to have his legacy remembered.”-Allyson Egbert, Mother of child treated by Dr. Ponseti in 1999

“I am SO EXCITED for this book. It is jam packed with articles and research that is not easily accessible to the public.”-Nicole Bytnerowicz, Co-founder of Clubfoot C.A.R.E.S.

“Clubfoot families will be grateful to read this story and eager to share it with their personal networks.”-Daniel McMillan, Director of Communications, College of Public Health, University of Iowa

“I really enjoyed reading this unique and informative book and was fascinated with all the new information.”-Dr. Eugene Smoley, Co-investigator with Dr. Ponseti in 1963

Professor Thomas Cook is a physical therapist, biomedical engineer, global health expert, and Fulbright Scholar. He is Director of Global Operations for the Ponseti International Association, a founding member of the Rotarian Action Group for Clubfoot, a co-founder of the non-profit Clubfoot Solutions and one of the developers of the Iowa Brace. Tom was fortunate to know and work with Dr. Ignacio Ponseti for several years.