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Article
March 1976

Living With Cancer: A Guide for the Patient, the Family and Friends

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Boston

 

by Ernest H. Rosenbaum, 224 pp, $10, Praeger Publishers, 1975.

Arch Surg. 1976;111(3):306. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1976.01360210100027

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Abstract

Dr Rosenbaum's book is about the other and perhaps more important side of clinical cancer; it is about living with it. Although intended as a guide for the patient, family, and friends, it is also destined to be used by generalists as well as by social workers and nurses.

It is a very personal book; one senses that it is written largely out of the author's understandable need to bring forward some of the major stresses involved in an often frustrating and depressing professional life. Dr. Rosenbaum emerges as a rather unique individual who is able to set aside his own needs and to bear the professional strain needed to help those in more distress. Yet, he very much likes his patients and enjoys the contact with them.

The author devotes the beginning of the book to the psychological approach to the patient with cancer. He also explains the rationale

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