Clinical Perspectives on the Sick and Dying Child

  • Ursula Thunberg
Part of the Genesis of Behavior book series (GOBE, volume 3)


Development in the medical sciences has resulted in a marked shift in the pattern of disease in children. One-hundred years ago the chances of reaching old age were much poorer than they are today. Improvement of health care with vaccination against many potentially fatal childhood diseases, antibiotics, and improved hygienic and nutritional conditions have changed this picture. More children in this society die today of accidents and chronic, fatal, and malignant diseases than in earlier times. Though in our society the death of a child is considered a rare event, there still are many cultures in which less than half of all newborn infants will complete their first year of life.


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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ursula Thunberg
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  1. 1.Child Adolescent ServiceBedford/Stuyvesant Community Mental Health CenterBrooklynUSA

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