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New Book Tells The Story Of An Iowa Doctor Who Improved The Lives Of Millions Of Children

Ponseti International Association
University of Iowa
Clubfoot: The Quest For A Better Life For Millions of Children tells the story of Dr. Ignacio Ponseti (pictured above) and his revolutionary method for curing clubfoot

Each year, nearly 200,000 children worldwide are born with a deformative skeletal birth defect known as clubfoot. On this edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer is joined by Tom Cook who is the author of the new book "Clubfoot: The Quest For A Better Life For Millions of Children.

Cook's book tells the story of the late Dr. Ignacio Ponseti and how his method for treating clubfoot became a gold standard in the medical field. Dr. Jose Morcuende also joins the program to talk about the Ponseti International Association and how doctors across the world are being trained in this method. 


  • Tom Cook, Director of Global Operation for Ponseti International Association and Professor Emeritus University of Iowa College of Public Health
  • Dr. Jose Morcuende, Professor and Orthopedic Surgeon at the University of Iowa and Executive Director of the Ponseti International Association
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River