User:Hhearst/Seymour S. Kety

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Seymour S. Kety lived from 1915-2000. He is an American Scientist with specialities in Neuroscience and Psychiatry. Kety has been a member of the National Academy of Sciences since 1962.

Early life Born on August 25th, 1915, Seymour S. Kety was raised in Philadelphia. He was raised in humble family but was intellectually challenged and stimulated. Kety suffered from an automobile accident to his foot when he was a young child. He could still walk but was slightly physically impaired. When Seymour reached high school, he excelled greatly in Chemistry. He ran experiments in his home in a homemade laboratory. Still living in Philadelphia, Kety attended the prestigious Central High School. He pursued his interest in the physical sciences and also got a knowledge of Greek and Latin.

College, Marriage, and After College Seymour S. Kety attended college and medical school at the the same university- The University of Pennsylvania. He graduated in 1940 and started an internship at Philadelphia General Hospital. During this time, he married Josephine Gross, a childhood friend. She too was studying to be a doctor. Josephine wanted to be a pediatrician, which inspired Seymour to do research and study more about children.

Kety's First Contribution to Science An increase in lead poisoning led to Kety's first contribution to medicine. More and more children came down with lead poisoning because they were chewing one their cribs, coated in paint containing lead. Seymour began to think about citrate to relieve the children of their lead poisoning. Citrate would help flush the lead out of the children's systems through urination. Called a chelating agent, Citrate was the first thing used to help treat heavy metal intoxication.

The rest of my article will contain more of Kety's work with lead intoxication, his work with blood, his entry into work with mental disease, schizophrenia, and his numerous awards.