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Afraid of the Doctor
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“An invaluable resource for empowering parents.” 

- Elizabeth R. Jalazo, M.D., Pediatrician and parent of a medically complex child 


“A must read for parents with a child suffering a significant medical disease.” 

- Emil D. Kakkis, M.D., Ph.D., CEO, Ultragenyx, Rare Disease Expert 


“A groundbreaking guide for families facing medical challenges.” 

- Mark Dant, Chairman, Board of Directors of The EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases and parent to a child with a rare disease  


“Extremely useful for any parent facing a medical ‘journey’ with their child. Real-life experience and professional expertise to provide practical, sensible guidance and tools for parents.”

- Nancy Kassam Adams, PhD, Director, Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia 


“Helpful, compassionate and important book that should change the way health care is provided to children." 

- Susannah Fox, former Chief Technology Officer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 


“Every parent and health professional impacted by medical trauma in children should read this gem of a book.”  

- Steven A. Webber, MBChB, MRCP, Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt 


“This book will serve not only as an essential resource for parents and families, but also for the whole community of care givers who strive to help children with medical trauma every day.” 

- Steven A. Webber, MBChB, MRCP, Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt 

Afraid of the Doctor
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Afraid of the Doctor

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Melissa Hogan

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Meghan Marsac

"In this book addressing an oft-ignored subgroup (parents of children who experience medical trauma), Marsac and Hogan write from both personal and professional experience. Hogan, a healthcare attorney and mother of a child with Hunter syndrome (a rare genetic condition), and Marsac, a pediatric psychologist, are uniquely qualified to write this manual. Forty percent of children in the United States struggle with a chronic health problem, and these children are also at increased risk for emotional and behavioral problems. Marsac and Hogan guide parents through researching their child's condition; choosing what information to share with their child (and then helping them deal with the information); organizing and managing medical treatment; making medical decisions (often with too little or too much information); helping their child deal with medical procedures and new medications; and advocating for their child. Each chapter includes questions for reflection and practical actions to take. VERDICT When parents find themselves dealing with medical trauma during their child's growing-up years, this book will be a helpful tool to navigate challenging and frightening situations."

Melissa Hogan
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