The Private Worlds of Dying Children

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Princeton University Press, 1978 - Social Science - 282 pages

"The death of a child," writes Myra Bluebond-Langner, "poignantly underlines the impact of social and cultural factors on the way that we die and the way that we permit others to die." In a moving drama constructed from her observations of leukemic children, aged three to nine, in a hospital ward, she shows how the children come to know they are dying, how and why they attempt to conceal this knowledge from their parents and the medical staff, and how these adults in turn try to conceal from the children their awareness of the child's impending death.

 

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Contents

TWO The World of Jeffrey Andrews
15
THREE What Terminally Ill Children Know
135
FOUR How Terminally Ill Children Come
166
FIVE Knowing and Concealing
198
Causes
210
SEVEN Conclusion
231
A Personal Account
236
LITERATURE CITED
256
INDEX
277
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