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Death and dying
Knox, Jean McBee.
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Publication Information:
Philadelphia, PA : Chelsea House Publishers, 2001.
Physical Description:
103 pages ; illustrations ; 24 cm.
Discusses that great mystery, death, as perceived through the ages; dying with dignity; the dimensions of grief; and the quest for immortality.
General Note:
Originally published: New York : Chelsea House, 1989, in series: The encyclopedia of health. Life cycle.
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BF789.D4 K66 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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-- Provides a wealth of knowledge about the human body, its systems and conditions
-- Important information for young people
-- Complements school curriculum
-- Ideal for research or class use
-- Written in accessible, easily understood language

A look at death and grief through history.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-Gordon describes the history of research into the biological, sociological, and environmental factors that cause stress, from Walter Bradford Cannon's "fight-or-flight" response to today's probing of the links between stress and specific illnesses. The author is optimistic that, ultimately, it will be possible to control negative stress through attitude change, relaxation techniques, and programs instituted in workplaces and schools. This title is far more demanding than John Giacobello's Everything You Need to Know about the Dangers of Overachieving (2000), which touches on the subject, and Eleanor Ayer's Everything You Need to Know about Stress (1998, both Rosen). Knox presents a social history of the rituals and meanings associated with death in various settings and circumstances. This book is also a manual on how to be useful and compassionate to those left behind. The author presents Elisabeth Kbler-Ross's theories and her own ideas on how survivors heal. Topics such as suicide, the role of the physician, and the possibility of an afterlife are discussed. Reflective chapters contain poetry and literary selections. It is surprising that the author, who has written a balanced, nondenominational work, chooses to close this title with an allusion to Christian belief. This is a sophisticated book that should be useful and interesting to mature teens. Earl Grollman's Straight Talk about Death for Teenagers (Beacon, 1993) is a self-help book without the social history component. Neither of these titles is an easy read; both are substantive and worthy.-Libby K. White, Jewish Vocational Services, Baltimore, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.