Holmes Morton’s Research

 On November 8, 2012, Dr. D. Holmes Morton presented the Durnbaugh Lectures: “Caring for the Patient in the Time of Genomics: Small Science at the Clinic for Special Children” and “Plain People and Modern Medicine: The Clinic for Special Children as a Model for Health Care in North America’s Plain Communities.”

Dr. Morton cofounded the Clinic for Special Children, a nonprofit medical center for children with inherited metabolic disorders, in 1989 and serves as its medical director. Morton, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society for Inherited Metabolic Disorders, was awarded the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1993 and a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship in 2006. The Clinic for Special Children is recognized internationally for innovative studies in the discovery and treatment of inherited disorders such as GA1, maple syrup urine disease, Crigler-Najjar syndrome, and others that occur in Old Order Amish and Old Order Mennonite communities.

For more information about Dr. Morton’s work, see these references:

D. Holmes Morton. “Roads Taken: Recollections, Words, and Images from Meaningful Work: Selected Stories, Essays, and Letters 1988-2012, for the Durnbaugh Lectures at Elizabethtown College, November 8, 2012.” Unpublished essay.

Kevin A. Strauss, Erik G. Puffenberger, and D. Holmes Morton. “One Community’s Effort to Control Genetic Disease.” American Journal of Public Health 102, no. 7 (July 2012): 1300-1306.

Kevin A. Strauss, et al. “The Science and Economics of Prevention.” Strasburg, PA: Clinic for Special Children, 2011.

Trisha Gura. “Genomics, Plain and Simple: A Pennsylvania Clinic Working with Amish and Mennonite Communities Could Be a Model for Personalized Medicine.” Nature 483 (March 1, 2012): 20-22.

Kevin A. Strauss, and Erik G. Puffenberger. “Genetics, Medicine, and the Plain People.” Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics 10 (2009): 513-536.

D. Holmes Morton, Caroline S. Morton, Kevin A. Strauss, Donna L. Robinson, Erik G. Puffenberger, Christine Hendrickson, and Richard I. Kelley. “Pediatric Medicine and the Genetic Disorders of the Amish and Mennonite People of Pennsylvania.” American Journal of Medical Genetics Part C: Seminars in Medical Genetics 121C, no. 1 (August 15, 2003): 5-17.

D. Holmes Morton. “Through My Window—Remarks at the 125th Year Celebration of Children’s Hospital of Boston.” Pediatrics 94, no. 6 (1994): 785-791.

D. Holmes Morton. “Difficult Learning.” Paper presented at the May 20, 2000 Elizabethtown College Commencement, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania.

D. Holmes Morton. “The Glutaric Acidurias of the Amish: A Sense of Progress 1988-2011.” Unpublished essay.