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May 9, 1977

The Hospitalized Adolescent: A Guide to Managing the III and Injured Youth

JAMA. 1977;237(19):2125. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270460115036

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This book deals with the special problems facing the primary care physician who treats the adolescent patient in the general hospital setting. The authors have undertaken a difficult task—trying to provide the principles of psychological management for an extremely broad and varied group of somatic conditions united only by a common age range. The book surveys the range of problems of adolescence in hospital practice and also sketches in readable form the general area of adolescent psychology and the special topic of the adolescent's reaction to somatic illness.

One of the most valuable aspects of the book is the attention given to the influences and reactions of the environment surrounding the adolescent. The attitudes of medical staff and parents toward adolescents are discussed as well as hospital routines and practices affecting the patient. Needless to say, the stereotyped practices and attitudes of the hospital environment are often a source of