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From The CriticsReviewer: Becky Stepp, BBA, MEd, BS, M, LMSW (Seton Medical Center)
Description: This book illustrates death and dying among inner-city poor. Stories of patients and families portray the difficulties of the underprivileged dying.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to give a voice and provide a face to the lives of the suffering and dying. The authors strive to convey the experiences of dying in inner-city poverty through a series of interviews with individuals facing death and dying.
Audience: This book is useful to any healthcare professional as well as to social workers and professionals dealing with death and dying.
Features: The material presented is the result of three research initiatives, funded by various institutes, in which focus groups, longitudinal studies, and home visits were completed.
Assessment: Although the book offers an insightful glimpse into the life of the dying of the inner-city poor, the book fails to offer recommendations to correct this situation. The book could be enhanced by inclusion of the services of hospice as well as psychological services.