JEFF'S HOSPITAL BOOK by Harriet Langsam Sobol


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Jeff, who needs an operation to straighten out his crossed eyes, is photographed as he enters the hospital with a tentative smile, waits tensely at the admissions desk, and undergoes all the tests, shots, questioning, sedation and (here only the doctors and their hands are seen) actual surgery involved. Like Agre, Sobol doesn't gloss over Jeff's nervousness or his growing apprehension (""'I just want to leave the hospital and go home,' he said over and over again"") and his comment on the fingerprick blood test -- ""Ouch, is that all?"" -- strikes a perfect balance. Later Jeff asks all the questions that might occur to a nervous patient -- ""How big is the shot?. . . Will I have any more? . . . Why are you pulling up the sides (of the bed)?"" -- and all are answered patiently and pleasantly by doctor, nurse and orderly. The author, who is Jeff's mother, obviously understands his feelings and her honesty and empathy makes this worth prescribing as part of other Jeffs' preparation.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1975
Publisher: Walck