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February 25, 1983

Ellie: A Child's Fight Against Leukemia

Author Affiliations

St Jude Children's Research Hospital Memphis

JAMA. 1983;249(8):1067. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330320065047

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In this book, the author has described the story of a 4-year-old girl from the time of her diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) to a period six months beyond a bone marrow transplantation done after her first relapse. The book was copyrighted in 1982, and its medical aspects are reasonably up to date and accurate. Certainly, one would not go to this book for a treatise on therapy for ALL or a discussion of the role of bone marrow transplantation in the treatment of leukemia. The medical aspects, however, are presented in such a fashion that they are accessible to a lay person, yet not so oversimplified as to lose a sense of validity in presentation.

Much of the book is given over to describing the reactions and responses of the various people involved. Certainly, children and families behave in variable ways, and the author makes no attempt to