The original "Pediatric Nutrition Notes" were prepared in 1994 at the request of Dr. Laurence Finberg who was Chairman and Professor of Pediatrics at Children's Medical Center of SUNY-Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. Dr. Finberg is now Professor Emeritus. "I think," He said, "you should tell medical students what they should know about the scientific basis of pediatric nutrition." He then referred me to a remarkable set of papers by the late Dr. Grover Powers who was Chairman of Pediatrics at the Department of Pediatrics of Yale University School of Medicine. Pediatric Nutrition Notes were written with thanks to Dr. Finberg for many years of support and with respect for the model provided by Dr. Powers.
Along with Dr. Finberg, this is a chance to thank several people who were a part of my life as mentors. These include Drs. Wallace McCrory, Myron Winick, Victor Vaughan, and Maurice Shils.
The help of Jane Pachter, in the original preparation of the Nutrition Notes is greatly appreciated, as was support from the Regional Center for Clinical Nutrition Education at the New York Academy of Medicine for the 1994 version. Ms. Laura Dunkley, R.D., M.S., dietitian for the Pediatric Resource Center at Kings County Hospital, and my colleague, Dr. Annabelle Schaeffer, provided expert readings of drafts of these notes.
Preparation of this Teacher's to Pediatric Nutrition has been supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Mead Johnson Nutritionals, Inc. Chua-Hua Chiu, MD was our pediatric resident multi-task helper, and Dorcas Gelabert was our expert compositor for this revision.
The major effort to bring the Teacher's Guide project to fruition was achieved through the energy and expertise of Dr. Sebastian Stanescu. My wife, Linda Oppenheim, and children, Mike and Emma, provided a wonderful balance to my life through this last phase.
And a final special thanks to a friend from childhood, Howard Anton, PhD, whose name, for those who are students of mathematics, will be familiar. His experience writing texts that are both accessible and rigorous -- ones that that take students from where they are to where they need to be -- informed the structure of our own work.
Photos used in the Teacher's Guide were taken at various occasions sponsored by the Jewish MultiRacial Network (www.jewishmultiracialnetwork.org). They are reproduced with parental permission.