Adolescent Health Care: A Practical Guide

Acknowledgments

It takes a tremendous effort to put together a book as complex and comprehensive as Adolescent Health Care. I am forever indebted to the late Adie Klotz, MD, a friend, teacher, and source of inspiration, who helped me realize the excitement of working with young people. I also acknowledge both Richard G. MacKenzie, MD, and Dale Garell, MD, who encouraged my interest in the field of adolescent medicine.

With this fifth edition, I have gained four wonderful colleagues and friends who helped in the completion of this project—my four associate editors. They have all been an incredible pleasure to work with, and have added their unique qualities and expertise to this text. In addition, they have been responsive and eager to add their own input to this text. I sincerely thank Catherine M. Gordon, Debra Katzman, David Rosen, and Elizabeth Woods for their assistance as coeditors.

I also express my deepest appreciation to the many experts who served as authors on the many chapters of this book. Their knowledge, expertise, and dedication have helped to make this the most complete edition yet. I personally thank them for their time and effort in response to our many, many requests, e-mails, and demands.

I want to thank both the wonderful and dedicated staff of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and the staff and students at the USC University Park Center who have taught me so much about adolescents and college students. Many other health care professionals have also given me their assessments and helpful comments in the development of this fifth edition.

Special thanks go to several individuals at the University of Southern California. I would like to thank Lucy Vergara, at the USC University Park Health Center, who was always there to assist in communicating with Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and coauthors. I also wish to thank Michael Jackson, Vice-President of Student Affairs, and Dr. Roberta Williams, Chair of Pediatrics, USC Keck School of Medicine, who continued to encourage my academic pursuits.

Individuals at Lippincott Williams & Wilkins also deserve recognition in the development of this edition. I thank Ryan Shaw, managing editor, for his assistance in being a kind facilitator to my many requests for edits and changes. I also thank Kimberly Schonberger, marketing manager, Rosanne Hallowell, project manager, and Sonya Seigafuse, acquisitions editor. In addition, I would like to thank, Anitha Rajarathnam, project manager at Laserwords, who also assisted in the copy editing and production of this edition.

These past few years have been personally medically challenging ones. I would like to express my deepest thanks to several physicians whose helpful treatment and advice have kept me healthy. My heartfelt thanks goes to Dr. Gary Dosik, Dr. Brian Durie at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Steve Forman at City of Hope Medical Center, and Dr. Burt Liebross. I also want to thank the caring and supportive nursing staff at all of these facilities and my wonderful friends and family who have been there for me. It was certainly a rewarding experience to work on some of this current edition and communicate with my associate editors while on the transplant unit at the City of Hope Medical Center. So, with all my heart, a deep thank you.

There are also individuals very close to me who deserve special recognition. My parents have shown me what appropriate, loving, and involved parenting can mean during one's tumultuous adolescent years and during adult life. Without their guidance, I would not have had the skills and ability to become the person I am. A second set of parents, Roz and Ben, have also provided unflagging support during the past 35 years. Loving thanks to all of you.

Lastly, I thank my loving wife, Debra, and my children, Yael and Yossi, Aaron, and David. Debbie has continued to support me despite even far more hours and late nights spent preparing this edition. Yael and Yossi, Aaron and David serve to inspire me with wonderful examples of healthy young adults. I love all of you and thank you for your understanding, support, and encouragement with this fifth edition.