The author of this book, a social worker, has had extensive clinical experience with children with various handicapping conditions, particularly children with cystic fibrosis. Ms McCollum has also done research on the impact of this disease on children and their families. She is, therefore, well qualified to write a book intended to assist parents with the many problems posed by a child with a prolonged health impairment.
This is a comprehensive book, dealing with many of the questions parents ask, or wish they had asked, their physician. The topics covered include facing the diagnosis, safeguarding family relationships, coping at various stages of development, further pregnancies, and sources of help. Much of the advice offered is psychological in nature, but there is also some practical information, including an appendix on service organizations, such as those providing counseling and psychotherapy, information on family planning, and a list of voluntary health agencies.