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Title:
The doctor & you
Author:
Swanson, Diane, 1944-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
[Toronto] : Annick Press ; Willowdale, ON Distributed in Canada by Firefly Books, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
31 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
General Note:
Cover title.

Includes index.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 5.2 0.5 51365.
ISBN:
9781550376739

9781550376722
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

The Doctor and You is a book for any young child who will experience a trip to a doctor's office, hospital, or health clinic. The photographs familiarize children with many of the medical instruments and machines they are likely to encounter during their visit, allowing them to become more comfortable with doctors and hospitals. By showing how specific instruments are used to examine or treat them, children become comfortable with how they work and what they accomplish.

Some of the tools examined include: a scale, a reflex hammer, a tongue depressor, an electronic thermometer, an ophthalmoscope, an otoscope, a stethoscope, blood pressure equipment, blood sampling equipment, a syringe, an X-ray machine, and casts for setting broken bones.

Control over their own bodies is very important to young children. Their role with each medical tool is emphasized through a special feature called "Your Job" that briefly explains what children can do to help with the procedure, providing a positive and active role in their own health care.

All information is presented in a positive manner. For instance, the book does not include "taking temperatures" because research has shown that many young children think this means that something is actually being removed from them. Potential fears associated with medical procedures, such as the belief that X-rays reveal secrets, are also addressed in a comforting and honest manner.

A special page has been included for parents that offers pointers for discussions. Follow-up play activities geared towards helping children feel more comfortable about visiting a doctor are suggested.

The Doctor and You is illustrated with 23 color photographs taken at a children's hospital and several line drawings.


Author Notes

Diane Swanson is an award-winning writer of non-fiction for children. She is the author of over forty books for children, including Animals Eat the Weirdest Things and Safari Beneath the Sea .


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Booklist Review

Ages 3-6. With colorful, sharp photos of children, this book about going to a doctor is designed to introduce youngsters to a doctor's tools and explain what to expect (the thermometer feels cold, but doesn't hurt) and how to behave during a visit. The thoughtful text comprehensibly demystifies various pieces of medical equipment: the "hug machine," for example, checks how well the heart pumps blood through the body; the x-ray machine makes odd noises, but children are reassured that it causes no pain and cannot reveal their "thoughts, feelings, or secrets." Patients and medical personnel of both genders and various ethnicities appear in photos, and there are some helpful guidelines to help caregivers prepare their child for a medical appointment. --Ellen Mandel