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Henry K. Silver

Born  1918

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American paediatrician, born 1918.

Biography of Henry K. Silver

Henry K. Silver qualified in medicine at the University of California, San Francisco in 1942. He specialised in paediatrics and became a faculty member of the University of California and at Yale. He was appointed professor of paediatrics at the University of Colorado in 1957.

Silver was amongst the first to define the “battered child syndrome” and he also gave the original description of “deprivation dwarfism”. In 1965, with Loretta C. Ford, a registered nurse, he pioneered the nurse-practitioner movement and developed programmes for the training of other new categories of health care professionals, at the University of Colorado School of Nursing. In addition to these activities, he has written several widely used pediatric textbooks. The Henry K. Silver Award of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners is named for him.


  • Henry K. Silver, C. Henry Kempe, Henry B. Bruyn:
    Handbook of pediatrics. 3rd edition, Los Altos, Lange, 1959.
  • Henry K. Silver, et al:
    Healthy babies, happy parents. New York, McGraw-Hill. 1960.
  • C. H. Kempe, Frederic N. Silverman, Brandt F. Steele, William Droegemuller,
    Henry K. Silver:
    The Battered Child Syndrome.
    Journal of the American Medical Association, 1962, 181: 17-24.
    Tardieu's syndrome. Also called Caffey-Kempe syndrome.
  • H. K. Silver, A. D. Glicken:
    Medical student abuse. Incidence, severity, and significance.
    JAMA, 1990, 263: 527–532.
  • Henry Kampe, with Henry K. Silver, Donough O'Brien:
    Diagnostico y tratamiento pediatricos.
    Mexico, D. F. : Manual Moderno, 1974. 1178 pages.

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