July 7, 1975

Care of the Child Facing Death

Author Affiliations

Albany Medical Center Hospital Albany, NY


edited by Lindy Burton, 225 pp, $15.50, Boston, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1974.

JAMA. 1975;233(1):88. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03260010090038

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This book is a compilation of writings concerning the dying child. The discussions are concentrated upon those children whose deterioration before death will extend from months to years. The primary focus is upon the psychological, social, physical and economic aspects of the child facing death and of those who face the death of the child.

The book is divided into four sections: the first gives an overview of the general problem; the second provides a discussion of specific problems, such as relief of pain and multiple childhood deaths in the same family; the third section deals with direct aid to the child; the fourth with aid to the family.

While there are fragments of helpful information in each section, there is a monotonous replication that might have been avoided if some of the chapters had been consolidated. However, several meritorious chapters deserve the perusal of those who deal with children