Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
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edited by Leighton E. Cluff and Robert H. Binstock, 260 pp, $48, ISBN 0-8018-6591-3, Baltimore, Md, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001.
It is an honor as well as a challenge to be asked to comment on the work of a revered mentor. This is especially true if that individual is of the stature of Leigh Cluff who, with Robert Binstock, has produced a marvelous text entitled The Lost Art of Caring: A Challenge to Health Professionals, Families, Communities, and Society. I had done a fellowship at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 1988-1989 when Dr Cluff was president there and know of Dr Binstock by reputation. My expectation was that anything they produced would be describable in superlatives, and this tidy little volume easily reaches that standard. From the foreword by Rosalynn Carter through the summary, the text is chockfull of the thoughts of some America's leading experts on the caring side of health care.
CaringThe Lost Art of Caring: A Challenge to Health Professionals, Families, Communities, and Society. JAMA. 2002;287(7):918. doi:10.1001/jama.287.7.918-JBK0220-4-1