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Sharing bad news
  1. Sheila Deborah Shanks
  1. Department of Paediatrics, Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, Scotland, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sheila Deborah Shanks, Paediatrics, Raigmore Hospital, Inverness IV2 4ST, UK; deborah.shanks{at}

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Following up from a previous article on useful books for paediatricians I wanted to recommend this book for supporting doctors when dealing with very sad situations and finding an approach which is helpful to families.


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When Bad Things Happen to Good People

Harold S Kushner

Published in Great Britain 1992, first published in 1981 in New York. Latest edition 2001.


I cannot remember who suggested this book to me, but I think I was struggling at the time with the issue of ‘what can I say to make things better for this family’. This book was a great help in finding a …

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