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To Nancy, Brett, and Liara for their support and understanding.
In Memoriam for Charles R. Baxter, M.D.
While this book has many esteemed authors, we were extremely honored to have Dr. Charles R. Baxter as one of the contributors. Unfortunately, he passed away on March 10, 2005, shortly after completing a final review of his chapter contribution.
Dr. Baxter served in the Department of Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center for over 40 years. During this time he served as the director of the Parkland Burn Center, the Transplant Services Center, the NIH Burn Research Center, and as the Frank H. Kidd, Jr. Professor of Surgery. He also served as the president of the American Burn Association, which he helped build, and the American Association of Surgery. Dr. Baxter published hundreds of papers and book chapters and received numerous national and international awards for the visionary work he completed in the area of burns, skin transplantation, and the care of chronic wounds. His contributions in burn care include the fluid resuscitation formula referred to as the Baxter Formula. He is also known to many throughout the world as the surgeon who cared for President John F. Kennedy one fateful day in Dallas in 1963.
While his name is on the key publications related to burn and wound care as well as nutrition, those of us who knew him as our teacher or as their physician know the real expertise of Dr. Baxter — that is, providing personal care to patients — listening, touching, and of course, joking. He is notorious for having brought a puppy into the burn unit to inspire an 8-year-old girl who had suffered a large body surface area burn. Whether you were the CEO of a large company or an indigent patient — you received the same top-notch care from Dr. Baxter. And if you didn't follow his advice, the same admonitions!
Dr. Baxter will be sorely missed by all of the people he helped train in the profession and those he touched as patients and friends. The size of Dr. Baxter's professional contributions was only surpassed by the size of his heart.
Carol Ireton-Jones, PhD, RD, LD, CNSD, FACN George U. Liepa, PhD, FACN Joseph A. Molnar, MD, PhD, FACS
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