Dr. George Spaeth volunteered to speak to students at Cook-Wissahickon elementary school on April 20, 2012. Addressing the 3rd, 4th, 7th, and 8th grades, Dr. Spaeth spoke about how the eye works, common eye diseases, and ways that the children could solve problems in their own lives. The children were particularly interested in a story that Dr. Spaeth told about an experience he had as a medical student.
While a student, Dr. Spaeth helped discover that a B vitamin deficiency was the cause of severe mental defects which led to the death of several children at a hospital where he was training. Having found this, he and his colleagues were able to save the lives of several of the children in the hospital, one of whom grew up to become a doctor. Dr. Spaeth explained to the children that if they were to ask the right questions of the world around them, and focus on solving a particular problem, they too could have an enormous impact on the world around them.
Dr. Spaeth’s visit was organized by iPRAXIS, a Philadelphia based non-profit group which works to introduce under served and minority children to science and technology. Jeremiah J. White, Jr., newly elected President of the Glaucoma Service Foundation, is the Chairman of the Board at iPRAXIS (iPRAXIS.org). Please contact Meagan Hopkins-Doerr at email@example.com or (267) 253-6117 if you have any questions.