Once again, we get to acknowledge those family members, friends, and colleagues whose influence in our lives is inestimable. I would like to begin by expressing my gratitude for the support given to me over many years by my parents, Jack and Lil; my wife, Peggy; my sons, Doug and Greg; my granddaughters, Samantha and Summer; my brother, David; and my sister, Ellen. Other family members to thank are my brothers-in-law, Joe Suckiel and Jay Markson, and the entire Markson family. I am particularly saddened by the loss of my great-cousin, Ralph Kaplowitz, a member of the first NBA Championship team, the 1946-47 Philadelphia Warriors, and the recent loss of my father-in-law, Al, both good friends.
Of the many wonderful colleagues with whom I have worked for 50 years, I particularly thank the following for guidance and support at various times in my life: Lennie Licara, Saul Chavkin, Yvonne Brackbill, Kenneth Monty, Harry Harlow, Harry Waisman, Robert Metzenberg, Willam Middleton, Henry Kempe, Henry Silver, Vince Fulginiti, Grant Morrow, Claude Migeon, Bob Blizzard, Harold and Helen Harrison, and Elmer "Whitey" Lightner. A special thanks to Jules Amer, Irwin Redlener, Lew Barness, and Enid Gilbert- Barness for their guidance and friendship.
In particular, I would like to dedicate this edition to my new grandson, Leo M. Kappy—a hope for the future.
It goes without saying that this edition would not have been possible without the incredibly valuable collaboration and support given freely by Dave Allen and Mitch Geffner. There are many other colleagues and friends whom I would like to acknowledge, but space limitations exist. To all of you, you know who you are, thank you.
Michael S. Kappy, MD, PhD
The work of this book continues to stimulate positive personal and professional reflection—on the complexity, advancement, and expansion of our field of pediatric endocrinology, on the insights of countless brilliant contributors to this progress, on the joy and privilege of caring for children, and on the satisfaction of collaborating with such wonderful and talented colleagues: Michael Kappy, Mitch Geffner, and our contributing authors.
For inspiration, I am most indebted to my father, Richard Allen, a dedicated pediatrician in the truest and most profound sense of the word. In spite of my efforts to take a different path, the example he provided in caring for children brought me back to medicine, and then to pediatrics. For whatever perspective and humility I do have, I give thanks to my mother, Joyce, the most centered and loving individual I have ever known. And for everything else, I thank my wife, Sally, who has unselfishly and constantly supported and encouraged me for over 35 years; and my children, Brittany, Doug, and Nick, who provide immeasurable love and joy and the motivation always to do my best.
Professionally, I first acknowledge the generous spirit of Dr. Robert Blizzard for his invaluable advice and support early in my career. I also thank Ann Johanson, Ron Rosenfeld, Ed Reiter, Alan Rogol, Barbara Lippe, Peter Lee, Lew Barness, and Ken Copeland, who have inspired and encouraged me to seek academic and leadership challenges. I am indebted to my University of Wisconsin mentors and colleagues Norm Fost and Aaron Friedman, who instilled in me a love for critical thinking and the importance of challenging conventional wisdom. This work is also dedicated to the memory of Todd Varness, a cherished friend and junior colleague. And finally, a sincere thank you to my UW Endocrine Division coworkers—Michael MacDonald, Ellen Connor, Aaron Carrel, Tracy Bekx, and Jennifer Rehm —who make work in the real world so much fun, and without whose patience and support I could not have pursued so many opportunities.
Nearly 30 years ago, the specialty of pediatric endocrinology captivated my interest because of its elegance, diversity, mystery, and intrinsically pediatric focus on the changes of childhood and adolescence. My hope for this book is that it both captures and conveys these qualities for the reader.
I have just completed yet another professional thrill ride working with my close friends, Mike Kappy and Dave Allen, on our third endeavor (second for McGraw-Hill) into the world of textbook writing. Their endless knowledge, strong work ethic, and unyielding camaraderie are unmatched.
Once again, I can see that editing and language are key essentials to the art of creating a textbook, talents for which my father (high school chemistry teacher and review book writer) and mother (high school French teacher) must be commended for providing the impetus (and genetics).
In my preface to our first textbook and in the first edition of this book, I acknowledged the many mentors, colleagues, and trainees who had inspired me to that point. The newest on this list are fellows Christina Southern Reh, Karen Huang, Amy Vedin, Parisa Salehi, and Maria Lin. I also remain indebted to Rob Rapaport, who is such a superb physician, scientist, and, most importantly, friend. I would also like to dedicate my portion of the new edition to Dr. Barbara Lippe, my first mentor in the field, lifelong professional colleague, and personal friend whose inspiration and passion for learning and caring have left an indelible mark on me. I would again like to pay special tribute to four people who, tragically, met untimely deaths and who had major impacts in my professional life: Dave Golde (mentor), Joao Antunes (international scholar), Alan Herschenfeld (fellow), and Doug Frasier, the person who first piqued my interest in the field of pediatric endocrinology way back in 1976.
But not to dwell on the obvious, I would never have had the opportunity to write this book or to have had any professional success were it not for the unwavering support of my family. My wife, Andrea, has been my rock and my children, Jenny and Eric, have always been there for me. I also want to acknowledge my daughter-in-law, Ashley, and my son-in-law, Neil Rosenberg. I am so fortunate to have them all in my life.