Living and Dying With Cancer

Stephen P. Hersh, MD
JAMA. 1982;248(12):1511. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330120065039.
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An ever-increasing body of research documents the complex interactions among the physiological, psychological, and social aspects of man. Those interactions are by now so persuasively demonstrated that no physician practices responsible medical care without some informed attention to the psychological and social dimensions of his patients. Assisting in this process, yet another book on cancer has joined us.

Six sections of varying length comprise the bulk of this volume. The first section presents, through two chapters, an overview of "Coping With Cancer." Chapter 1, by five contributors, is an unusually good review of the subject of stress management in cancer care. The next two sections of the book address themselves to somewhat more specific situations: cancer in children and adolescents and breast cancer in women. The five chapters in these sections are very good.

The remaining sections are "Living With Cancer," "Dying With Cancer," and "Coping With the Cancer Patient."


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