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This forthright and comprehensive patient's-eye view of the hospital, especially the pediatrics section, tells children just what to expect in the way of staff, equipment, and, most important, procedures. Most of the latter, readers are assured, don't hurt--though the needle will, ""but only a little and only for a little while."" The photos, which show us everything from a bedpan to a sphygmomanometer, don't shrink from such sights as a needle in place in a hand, or a smiling child connected to an IV device. Those who have to have surgery are forewarned that, for sterility's sake, the operation room ""is not a very friendly-looking place""--but assured that ""what makes the OR a little warmer is the people who work there."" Readers are introduced to the anesthesiologist and shown a young patient being given gas. The scariness of being cut open is dealt with. This isn't shown, but the attentive team around the table is. While in the hospital, Howe advises, if ""you"" have to have a procedure not covered here, you can ask what it is and will it hurt. You should also tell people when you're angry--as you might be when a staff member is abrupt or just because you feel you don't have control of your life. Howe has more to say about asking questions and expressing feelings, all of it sensible and to the point, as is the tour in general. Exceptionally thoughtful, thorough, and informative.

Pub Date: April 27th, 1981
Publisher: Crown