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February 1965

Why—Play in a Hospital—How.

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Edited by Dorothy Cleverdon, Consultant, Play Schools Association. Price, not given. Pp 54, with 5 illustrations. Play Schools Assn., Inc., 120 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019, 1964.

Am J Dis Child. 1965;109(2):182-183. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1965.02090020184022

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It is unusual to find so many excellent ideas and practical suggestions for the operation of a hospital play program so compactly organized into so few pages.

This booklet is an absolute must for hospital administrators, physicians, or anyone else considering the "whys and wherefores" of an organized hospital play program.

The uniqueness of this booklet lies in the fact that it provides pertinent information on a variety of topics relating to a hospital play program. These include current theory on meeting the developmental needs of the hospitalized child, projected program costs, the use of volunteers, program ideas, and excellent lists of supplies, equipment, and books.

The authors firmly believe that a hospital play program is both necessary and feasible. Anyone reading the booklet can only heartily agree with them.

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