Sheila – Unlocking the treatment for PKU
- Price: £12.95
- Publisher: Brewin Books
- ISBN: 9781858587141
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In 1951 a two year old infant Sheila Jones was diagnosed at Birmingham Children’s Hospital (BCH) with a rare condition Phenylketonuria (PKU). There was no treatment but, not accepting this, her distraught mother Mary persevered until she found help from three pioneering doctors at BCH: Dr Horst Bickel, Dr John Gerrard and Dr Evelyn Hickmans. In the hospital laboratory they worked tirelessly to prepare a special formula and Sheila was the first person in the world to receive dietary treatment for PKU.
Until now, little has been known about the life of Sheila, and her family in Birmingham, and the hardships and sacrifices they endured. It is a remarkable story of a brave little girl, her brothers, and her courageous and tenacious mother. Sheila’s contribution is immense; it led to the introduction of newborn screening and worldwide treatment for PKU. It is a great sadness that Sheila herself was unable to benefit long term but her legacy is a triumph for all those with PKU.
This is Sheila’s story until her death in Birmingham in 1999 and will be important to people with PKU, their families, health professionals and readers interested in the history of medicine.
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‘A fitting tribute to a woman who paved the way to treatment for a disease which had previously been untreatable and subsequently changed the lives of so many’.
Dr Fiona Reynolds – Chief Medical Officer at Birmingham Children’s Hospital
‘A reminder of the potential benefits of science but also the price paid of being a pioneer’.
Dr Ashok Roy – Consultant Psychiatrist, Brooklands Hospital, West Midlands
About the Author
Anne Green PhD FRCPath FRCPCH
Anne Green had a distinguished career as a Paediatric Clinical Biochemist in the UK National Health Service at Sheffield Children’s and Birmingham Children’s Hospitals. She was Consultant Clinical Chemist and Head of Department of Paediatric Biochemistry at Birmingham Children’s Hospital from 1982-2006, and Director of the Newborn Screening Programme and Clinical Inherited Metabolic Disorders Services for the West Midlands. She was appointed Professor of Paediatric Biochemistry at the University of Birmingham in 1994. Anne has published widely in the fields of newborn screening and inherited metabolic disorders, and her scientific contributions are recognised worldwide. She has been regularly invited to international events for scientific and medical professionals engaged in the screening, diagnosis and treatment of metabolic disorders, including phenylketonuria (PKU), and has held numerous posts on national and international professional organisations working across these fields. She has been secretary of the Society for the Study of Inborn Errors of Metabolism and was a cofounder of both the British Inherited Metabolic Disorders Group and the National Metabolic Biochemistry Network for the UK. She was Lead Scientist for the UK National Newborn Screening Centre, Department of Health from 2006 to 2011. Sheila is the fulfilment of a career-long interest in PKU and the story of how treatment became possible.
|Dimensions||240mm x 170mm|
|Illustrations||126 black & white|