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Books, Journals, New Media
January 26, 2005

Illness

Author Affiliations
 

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2005;293(4):497-502. doi:10.1001/jama.293.4.499

From the chronically suicidal to children with recurrent cancer, Living Under the Sword, as the subtitle indicates, covers psychosocial aspects of an extensive array of illnesses, both chronic and life-threatening to various degrees. Most of the accounts are written by health care workers—an impressive array that includes nurses, physicians, and PhDs. Some are written by persons in dual roles, for instance, a nurse who provides two chapters on choriocarcinoma, an illness that she survived, and a PhD whose wife died of cancer. A chapter on psychosocial and cultural interventions in terminal illness is written by a man whose credentials are not mentioned at all.

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