June 1990

Children and Health Care: Moral and Social Issues

Author Affiliations

Section of Child Neurology Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology University of Arizona College of Medicine Tucson, AZ 85724


edited by Loretta M. Kopelman and John C. Moskop, Norwell, Mass, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1989, 338 pp, $79.

Am J Dis Child. 1990;144(6):683. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1990.02150300081021

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This book is a "sleeper." The content is based on material presented in a course titled "Children and Health Care: Moral and Social Issues" at East Carolina University School of Medicine, Greenville, NC, in the fall of 1986. The authors, formerly faculty members in the Department of Pediatrics, are members of the Department of Medical Humanities. Their experiences in talking with physicians, nurses, and social workers in a pediatric setting prompted them to prepare this volume, which basically asks, "Do children get their fair share of the health care dollar?" The book is dedicated, appropriately, to the pediatrician husband of one of the authors and to the daughter of the other author.

The book is divided into four sections: children's health as a social and political issue; children, illness and death; children's and parents' roles in medical decision making; and the role of the pediatrician. All chapters are well written

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