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May 2, 1986

Life and Death on 10 West

JAMA. 1986;255(17):2364. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03370170128050

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Bone marrow transplantation has received (and continues to receive) a great deal of attention in both medical and nonmedical circles. For physicians aware of the data generated in recent years by the many trials involving bone marrow transplantation for aplastic anemia and leukemia, reading Mr Lax's book will result in an augmented understanding of the human realities of bone marrow transplantation by providing the opportunity to see it as it is seen and experienced by those involved.

"10 West," a bone marrow transplant unit, becomes a window through which we are allowed to view the interaction of patients, families, doctors, nurses, life-threatening hematologic disease, and life-threatening treatment. The people and situations are realistically depicted, as are the diseases, treatment issues, and resulting complications.

The perspectives of the nurses involved in 12-hour shifts of patient care on the edge of clinical research and the opportunity to see the realities of life