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I am pleased to see the number of books that have come on the market in the past few years for children preparing them for the experience of a hospitalization. There seems to be a divergence as to whether such a book should be a book that will prepare the child specifically for a tonsillectomy or try to cover the more general aspects of a hospitalization.
"A Visit to the Hospital" is of the former type. It certainly gives a very friendly, interested approach to the child and could not help but relieve some of the apprehension in any child. I feel that this book does a fine job in bringing reasonable acceptance of a hospitalization to the six- to ten-year-old who is having a tonsillectomy and who can sort out the details for himself in a leisurely manner with his increased comprehension and attention span.
Some of its aspects,
BAKER H. A Visit to the Hospital. AMA Am J Dis Child. 1958;95(3):335. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1958.02060050337019
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