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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Richelle Monier, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This is a unique book written by a child psychiatrist that examines pediatric and end-of-life care from the perspective of the medical staff.
Purpose: The purpose is to more fully examine end-of-life care for children and their families. There are currently no other books examining this topic so extensively or with such a unique perspective. The book meets the author's objectives.
Audience: It is written for anyone who takes care of pediatric patients during the end of their life — especially pediatric hematologists/oncologists.
Features: This is a narrative of end-of-life issues for 20 pediatric patients from the perspective of various members of the medical team. It includes the staff's views/memories of specific patients as well as topics such as curative vs. palliative care and pain and suffering, as well as how patients and families reacted during this time period. David Bearison provides a very unique and innovative perspective in examining this complex issue.
Assessment: This book is truly unique in its evaluation of pediatric end-of-life care issues from the medical staff's perspective. It is of high quality and would be useful reading for all medical personnel involved in the care of a dying child.