Six years ago I read the first edition of Dr William Easson's The Dying Child for the first time. On numerous occasions since then I have reread various sections myself or directed students or colleagues to the book. Thus, it was with a great deal of pleasurable anticipation that I accepted the assignment to review the newly published second edition of The Dying Child—and I was not disappointed.
Unlike many other texts available, The Dying Child represents the thoughts and feelings of a single individual who draws on his own extensive knowledge and clinical experience to provide the reader with a cohesive framework for understanding the terminally ill child or adolescent, the family, and the treatment team. Practical suggestions about a variety of issues, including how to interpret and then answer the question "Am I going to die?" make this book an invaluable clinical resource.
Dr Easson's discussion of