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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael G White, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This is an excellent guide to the concepts and practice of palliative care for pediatric patients. It brings together information from many different experts to present a good overview of the subject.
Purpose: This book is written to advance both the concept and practice of palliative care for pediatric patients. This is an area of pediatric practice that is rarely addressed in a formal way and certainly worthy of the editor's efforts. The book is easy to read and provides a very good review of the current practices.
Audience: As it is broad in its objectives, the book seems to be broad in its target audience. It reads well and should be of interest to anyone interested in palliative care for pediatric patients.
Features: The authors review different aspects of palliative care, including general issues with our culture and society, a broad range of concerns for the dying child and family, and ways of providing an appropriate environment for the many different patients in need of palliative care.
Assessment: This is an excellent book. There are few books available covering this area, making this a valuable addition to the field of pediatrics. All practitioners involved with end-of-life care for pediatric patients should find this book valuable.