Palliative care is more than hospice care. As the editors note, it is "a comprehensive, family-centered care approach that addresses the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of the seriously ill person, as well as the needs of their loved ones and caregivers." This thoughtful work, produced by a team of healthcare professionals from the American Cancer Society, is not a medical book about cancer; instead, it is a guide to living and dying with the disease. Therefore, there is a strong psychological bent here, with an emphasis on the emotional and physical care of both patients and their caregivers. But the practical is not forgotten: chapters on finances, legal issues, and end-of-life planning are included. Interspersed with the factual material are conversational vignettes and direct quotations from cancer patients and their loved ones. This excellent guide to a sensitive topic belongs in public libraries, consumer health collections, and academic libraries in venues where health professionals are trained.-Ellen G. Detlefsen, Ctr. for Biomedical Informatics, Sch. of Medicine, Univ. of Pittsburgh Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.