Biting off the bracelet: a study of children in hospitals by Ann Hill Beuf

By Ann Hill Beuf

This can be a moment variation of Ann Hill Beuf's admirable ebook concerning the social scenario of hospitalized youngsters in twentieth-century the US.

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My intention is to raise important issuesnot to put them to rest. 9 As one involved in children's liberation, as an opponent of the routinization and emotional sterility of American medicine, and as one who has been the mother of ill children, I have been influenced by ideas and events that give this essay the critical and outraged tone that it has at times. I want readers to be aware of this. But I do not want you to think for a moment that I would want it to be otherwise. Page 11 one The role of person-in-a-total-institution Page 12 After surgery, let him complain if he wants to.

If an epidemic or climatic threat to the health of the children occurs, the schools close. Recent concern with AIDS has heightened the educational responsibilities of schools. Also, the Association for the Care of Children in Hospitals has reported that schools are being asked to educate normal children about the health problems to which their classmates have fallen victimfor example, explaining how the heart works to grade-school children whose friend is about to undergo heart surgery. Aside from these gestures, then, how do the schools contribute to socialization for the patient role?

This material is occasionally reinforced by notes taken in other hospital settings. In revising the book for its tenth anniversary edition, I have changed the account of the study itself very little. The reason for this is that there have been no dramatic changes in the conditions and trends observed a decade ago. In fact, what change has occurred could best be described as the intensification of these trends. I have added an epilogue which presents an in-depth analysis of this intensification, its historical and social origins, and its implication for the future of health care delivery for children in the future.

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