These quotations from Myra Bluebond-Langner's perceptive study of 40 leukemic patients between the ages of 3 and 9 reveal that even when adults hope to protect children from the tragic truth, they acquire accurate knowledge about their disease, its treatment process, and fatal prognosis.

The author, an anthropologist interested in how children acquire the knowledge and values of the adults in the world they live in, believes that all young patients learn in various ways of the seriousness and the anticipated outcome of their illness.

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