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  • SubGenre:Social Scientists & Psychologists
  • Language:English
  • Pages:135
  • eBook ISBN:9780963021168

The Cookie Doctor

An American Physician's Memoir of Life's Obstacles and Miracles

by Peter T. Pugliese, MD

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Octogenarian and published scientific expert in the field of anti-aging, textbook author Peter T. Pugliese, MD shares his personal recollections of the rural family practice in PA Dutch country where he began his career in medicine. The patient crises and vivid characters provide a slice of history with a heaping side of faith, in this well-crafted memoir of obstacles and miracles along one gentle country doctor's extraordinary path.
In the prequel to his current role as the most beloved educator in professional skin care, Peter T. Pugliese, MD shares his own true stories of his early family medical practice in historic (and often hysterical) Bernville, Pennsylvania, from 1958 to 1978. At age 88, this vibrant storyteller shares an intimate and fascinating look back at his own pathway of obstacles and miracles that led him from Catholic school to the seminary where he planned a life in the priesthood, to two wars, to falling in love, and unexpectedly falling into one of the most remarkable medical practices of our time. The stories contain themes that still resonate today, as the reader sees how young Dr. Pugliese dealt with addiction, post-partum depression, incest, anorexia and more—health problems no one spoke openly about sixty years ago. Patients brought every kind of crisis to the young doctor, whose descriptions of the picturesque farmlands and small close-knit community give the reader a sense of a time, and certainly a kind of medicine, we will never see again. The historical accuracy of medical breakthrough moments is woven beautifully throughout a compelling patchwork of recollections and reflections. A man of deep faith and humanity, Dr. Pugliese has always demonstrated a vision for the future and for the health and security of the people entrusted to his care. With a global presence as an educator in the field of esthetics, a practice that will continue to grow as the population ages, Dr. Pugliese is truly a healer for our time.
About the author
Peter T. Pugliese, MD practiced family medicine in rural Pennsylvania for two decades, retiring in 1978. He received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and earned his BS from Franklin and Marshall College. He also holds a PhD in Skin Physiology, and is recognized as an authority in the field of anti-aging research. Dr. Pugliese has authored more than 400 industry publications. He holds nine patents and has been honored with awards for his contributions to science and to community health. His texts, Advanced Professional Skin Care, and Physiology of the Skin have significantly enhanced and elevated the American education standard for licensed estheticians. He is the founder of Circadia by Dr. Pugliese, Inc., a leader in professional skin treatment products. The Cookie Doctor is his personal memoir, a collection of true life experiences that reveal the pivotal obstacles and miracles he faced, leading to a fascinating career and life path. Currently, at age 88, Dr. Pugliese is actively specializing his research into the hormonal mechanisms of aging, and continues to write. He lives on a farm in Bernville, surrounded by four generations of family, and indulging his passions for woodworking and baking bread. Dr. Pugliese’s curriculum vitae and featured accomplishments are profi led at www.circadia.com