Thomas Cook, PT, PhD, will read from and talk about his new book published by Ice Cube Press, Clubfoot: The Quest for a Better Life for Millions of Children. Clubfoot tells the little-known story of the remarkable Dr. Ignacio Ponseti, who developed a revolutionary non-surgical treatment for Clubfoot to eliminate lifelong disability for the 200,000 children born every year with this deformity. Dr. Ignacio Ponseti (1914-2009), began his medical career as a medic in the Spanish Civil War before being he was forced into exile in France and then Mexico. He emigrated from Mexico to Iowa City in 1941 to study with the orthopedic surgeon Arthur Steindler, and began his life-long quest to reshape children’s futures from lives of pain and disability to lives of hope and promise.
Clubfoot author Thomas Cook was fortunate to know and work with Dr. Ponseti for several years. Professor Cook is a physical therapist, biomedical engineer, global health expert, and Fulbright Scholar. He is Director of Global Operations for the Ponseti International Association, a founding member of the Rotarian Action Group for Clubfoot, a co-founder of the non-profit Clubfoot Solutions and one of the developers of the Iowa Brace.