Loss and Grief in Medicine. By Speck Peter W., pages. Bailliere Tindall, London, 1978. Price, $8.95.

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Abstract

“The loss of a limb, a sense, an organ, the loss of function, self-image, status or independence produce a grief which must be recognized and treated by those involved in health care in order to achieve the best possible recovery in the patient.” The author, chaplain to the Northern General Hospital, Sheffield (England) Area Health Authority (Teaching) and a member of the Institute of Religion and Medicine, explores concepts of loss and grief in the medical setting, reactions of patient and family to such loss, and the effect of various ethnic and religious cultures. Intended for nurses, physicians, social workers,

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