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August 27, 1997

Reflections: A Guide to End of Life Issues for You and Your Family

JAMA. 1997;278(8):689. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03550080099054

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Cancer: A Personal Voyage, written and produced by Ruth Yorkin Drazen (Notes From The Edge: The Diary of Peter Morgan, MD, read by Matthew Broderick), one Videocassettle, 50 min, Philadelphia, Pa, WHYY-TV, 1997 (seen on PBS in June 1997); available from Glaxo Wellcome, Research Park, NC.

"I am a physician and I am dying of metastasis of renal carcinoma," wrote Dr Roger Bone in Reflections, the last of his many recent publications on "the mental, spiritual, and practical aspects of the dying process." His book, a guide for the dying, their friends and families, perfectly addresses all such concerns. "Getting a Grip" presents initial matters: how friends and family will react to news of terminal illness and how they will be involved, and the person's own approaches, contrasting activity with stillness and solitude. "Cancer Pain" will give patients important ballast for interacting with their caregivers: "Keep in mind that continual assessment of your pain is vital...." Immediate relevance means a range of subjects are included—all warmly, literately, and succinctly— these are but a sampling: the value of low-impact