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Having a loved one in a hospital can be an overwhelming and draining experience. Buck, an organizational consultant with an emergency medical technician background, hopes to make hospital stays less stressful with this practical yet bold book (originally published as 24/7 or Dead: A Handbook for Families with a Loved One in the Hospital). She first describes how to use the book, then recounts her husband's harrowing, eight-and-a-half-month hospital stay. Most of the chapters advise on picking the days of your stay, taking care of yourself, and asking about medications and procedures. Several chapters feature forms at the end, e.g., a required documents checklist. Buck was viewed as difficult by some hospital staff, but she did what she had to do to keep her husband alive and be well informed of his treatment. Readers will admire her assertiveness and appreciate details of her positive and negative experiences with hospitals and staff. The advocate's version of Stephen H. Schneider's The Patient from Hell, this book is recommended for public libraries, especially those with consumer health collections.