Teens and Their Doctors
The Story of the Development of Adolescent Medicine

Henry Berman, MD & Hannah Dashefsky, BSN, RN

October 2017, ISBN 978-0-88135-392-2, $25.95

Teens and Their Doctors

Teens and Their Doctors: The Story of the Development of Adolescent Medicine, by Henry Berman, MD, and Hannah Dashefsky, BCN, RN, traces the development of the field from the first program, opened by Ros Gallagher at Boston Children’s Hospital, in 1951, to the creation of the Society for Adolescent Medicine (SAM), in 1968.

The book describes the growth of the specialty in those two decades, including how it was influenced by changes in society, and how practitioners responded to social change with approaches created to care for alienated youth, such as free clinics, mobile medical vans, and teen hotlines. The core of the book is composed of interviews with more than eighty specialists in adolescent medicine, all of whom were trained by the pioneers of the field.

It also tackles the question asked of specialists in adolescent medicine: “What is adolescent medicine, anyway?” No simple answer is proposed, but the role these physicians play in caring for teens, and the characteristics of those who choose the field, are dramatized by scores of stories—from the humorous, to the poignant, to the heart-breaking. David Bennett, a physician who trained in the US and then returned to his native country to establish the first hospital-based adolescent medical unit in Australia in 1977, wrote a Forward to the book that says, in part,

“This book tells the story of the inaugural efforts to create the specialty of adolescent medicine in a way that will engage the interest of thoughtful readers everywhere, both within and beyond the health and medical professions. Not only has Henry Berman brought to life the characters involved in launching our field – and their protégés – but he has also vividly outlined the attitudes, mores and happenings of those early years in an analysis that is both rich and illuminating.

“This is a seminal work, a unique and timely contribution to our understanding of the origins and underpinnings of our field, crafted with intelligence and love. It feels like a gift to the people who have devoted themselves to the cause.”

Senior author: Henry Berman, MD, FAAP, FSAHM
A practitioner of adolescent medicine since 1971
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine
Division of Adolescent Medicine, Seattle Children’s Hospital

Table of Contents

Foreword  xi

Preface     xiii

Introduction                xvii

Chapter One

What is Adolescent Medicine Anyway?               1

Chapter Two

How the Field Began             31

Chapter Three

Early Leaders         71

Chapter Four

Adolescent Medicine Outside of the United States            121

Chapter Five

Adolescence and Society 1951–1968 141

Chapter Six

“1968: The Year That Rocked the World”          169

Chapter Seven

Overcoming Challenges       201

Chapter Eight

Learning about Adolescence                 217

Chapter Nine

Is Adolescent Medicine Truly a Medical Specialty?          241

Acknowledgments       261

Guide to Cast of Characters         263

Academic information for U.S. faculty interviewed         285

Notes         293

Bibliography               305

Index         307

About the authors        325