Why Do Children Die? Selective Perspectives on Thanatology in Pediatrics

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Series: Pediatrics, Child and Adolescent Health
BISAC: SOC036000; SOC057000
DOI: https://doi.org/10.52305/RLLU6903

As we reflect on causes of death in our children, methods of prevention become critically important to research and implement. Research notes that millions of childhood injuries result in thousands of deaths. Death can be due to medical disease and considerable progress including prevention of death has been made in management of cancer and other conditions over the past century, especially in developed countries. It is also important to apply principles of management and prevention to consequences of aggression and chronic illness. As illustrated in this book, we must look at underlying issues, both medical and behavioral, in the physical and psychiatric health of our children. We should apply known principles of preventive medicine that are being researched in the 21st century to prevent needless deaths in our pediatric population. Prevention may arise from such understanding and application of known concepts with fewer pediatric deaths and fewer parents/families undergoing heart-breaking grieving processes.

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Table of Contents

Dedication: Stewart E. Greydanus (1942-1947)
(Elaine Greydanus Bush)

Preface: Why do Children Die?
(Donald E Greydanus, Dustin C Rowland and Joav Merrick – Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States of America, et al.)

Section I. Introduction

Chapter 1. Death and Dying: Perspectives of Religious Thought
(Dustin C Rowland, Zain Soofi and David Gerew – Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States of America)

Section II. The Newborn and Infant

Chapter 2. Death Before Birth: Issues of Pregnancy Termination
(Hatim Omar and Donald E Greydanus – Adolescent Health Center, Allentown, Pennsylvania, et al.)

Chapter 3. Prevention of Newborn Death: Newborn Screening
(Shibani Kanungo, Sharmeen Samuel, Jessica Ramsay, Mekala Neelakantan and Jasmine Saeedian – Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA, et al.)

Chapter 4. Perspectives on Newborn Palliative Care
(Donald E Greydanus and Joav Merrick – Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States of America, et al.)

Section III. The Child and Adolescent

Chapter 5. Unintentional Death in Childhood
(Dustin C Rowland and Maya Giaquinta – Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA)

Chapter 6. Pediatric Palliative Care in Congenital Heart Disease: A Case-Based Approach in Infants and Children
(Natalie Kontos and Premchand Anne – Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology, Ascension St John Children’s Hospital, Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Chapter 7. Sudden Cardiac Death in the Pediatric and Adolescent Population
(John D Rowlett, Liana J Mosely, Wesley Arrison and Carson S Villa – Pediatrics, St Joseph’s/Candler Hospital System, Savannah, Georgia, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta and Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, et al.)

Chapter 8. Pediatric Mortality During Surgical Procedures: Epidemiologic and Psychosocial Considerations
(Jeffrey Feng and Dustin C Rowland – Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States of America)

Chapter 9. Chronic Disease and the Dying Adolescent
(Donald E Greydanus, Cheryl A Dickson and Dustin C Rowland – Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, Michigan, et al.)

Section IV. Perspectives on Suicide in Pediatrics

Chapter 10. Pediatric Suicide: Establishing A Basis for Probing Its Mysteries and Complexities
(Donald E Greydanus – Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States of America)

Chapter 11. Self-Cutting and Suicide in Adolescents
(Donald E Greydanus and Hatim A Omar – Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States of America, et al.)

Chapter 12. Suicidality and the LGBT Youth: Tragic Underpinnings of Societal Insouciance, Impuissant Aesculapian Response and Implacable Sacerdotal Dogma
(Donald E Greydanus – Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA)

Section V. Perspectives on Abuse

Chapter 13. Fatal Child Abuse
(Vincent J Palusci – New York University Grossman School of Medicine, New York, New York, USA)

Chapter 14. Tragedy of Sibling Abuse: Convergence of Fiction, Research, and the Reality of Human Nature
(Donald E Greydanus, Elizabeth K Hawver and Joav Merrick – Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States of America, et al.)

Chapter 15. Child Sexual Abuse Perspectives
(Donald E Greydanus and Joav Merrick – Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States of America, et al.)

Chapter 16. Perspectives on Incest: A Perplexing Paradox Characterized by Destructive Betrayal of Trust
(Donald E Greydanus and Joav Merrick – Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States of America, et al.)

Section VI. The Killing Fields of the Roads: MVAs

Chapter 17. The Killing Fields on the Roads: Can We Protect the Teen Driver?
(Donald E Greydanus – Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States of America)

Chapter 18. Introduction to Death, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Motor Vehicle Crashes in Children and Adolescents: A Historically Delayed Realization
(Donald E Greydanus and Joav Merrick – Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States of America, et al.)

Chapter 19. Death, Injury and Motor Vehicle Crashes in Children and Adolescents: What Does the Future Hold?
(Donald E Greydanus and Joav Merrick – Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States of America, et al.)

Section VII. Influence of Aggression and Chronic Illness

Chapter 20. Concepts of Aggression: Perspectives in the 21st Century
(Donald E Greydanus, Joseph R Hawver and Dustin C Rowland – Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA, et al.)

Chapter 21. Psychosocial Adaptation to Chronic Illness and Disability
(Roger W Apple – Division of Pediatric Psychology, Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Western Michigan University, Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA)

Section VIII. Acknowledgments

About the Editors

About the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine (WMED), Kalamazoo, Michigan USA

About the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Israel

Section IX. Index

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