"An outstanding study. . . . A must for all health professionals."—ChoiceThis is a second edition of Ann Hill Beuf's admirable book about the social situation of hospitalized children in twentieth-century America.
"While highlighting the adverse effects hospitalization may have on children, the author offers innovative ways society and individuals can combat the helplessness and powerlessness that are part of the child-patient role."—Family Research Institute Newsletter
The author includes details and examples drawn from the day-to-day life of children in hospitals to show their responses to this frightening experience and to examine as well the frustrating mission of the people who care for them. She suggests ways parents and medical professionals can better answer the needs and respect the right of hospitalized children.
Ann Hill Beuf was Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of several books, including Red Children in White America, also published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.