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- Georgetown University Press
In a fast-paced, complicated, and evermore dangerous world it is easy to become self-absorbed and consumed with our own problems. There is one place, however, where we put our self-centered concerns aside, and our deep, common humanity is profoundly touched. That place is where sick children dwell.
It is no less difficultand perhaps even more difficult in many waysfor physicians who have chosen to attend to the health and well-being of gravely ill or dying children. Margaret Mohrmann has devoted most of her professional life to them, and in Attending Children she shares the remarkable education those children and their families have given her. Her narratives are both painful and hopeful, tragic and funny, full of remarkable characters and sometimes bizarre families.
Mohrmann has sifted through her thirty years as a pediatrician, and with poignancy, humor, and uncompromising honesty, she shares her sometimes stumbling but always deeply caring journey through a land where, sometimes, small hands have to be let go too soon. She introduces us to not only the physical challenges she, her colleagues, and her patients encounter, but the spiritual ones as well.
Attending Children is a unique experience as Mohrmann takes the reader on a doctor's rounds over many years to meet the faces and the struggles, the heartaches and the joys of being a pediatrician. In the case of Margaret Mohrmann and her patients, no one could ask for better teachers.
|Publisher:||Georgetown University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements Introduction: Attending
Part I: Listening Chapter 1: Telling Death
Chapter 2: Pain and Longing
Chapter 3: Variations on the Theme of Competence
Chapter 4: Being Mickey's Doctor Chapter 5: Another Kind of Courage
Part II: Accompanying
Chapter 6: Being There
Chapter 7: Intensive Care
Chapter 8: Power and Powerlessness Chapter 9: Letting Go and Going On
Chapter 10: Suspending Disbelief
Chapter 11: God Will Find a Way
Part III: Waiting
Chapter 12: Presumptuous Empathy
Chapter 13: Bridging the Distance
Chapter 14: Against All Odds
Epilogue: Still Attending