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A Toss of the Dice Stories from a Pediatrician’s Practice

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Book - A Toss of the Dice Stories from a Pediatrician’s Practice

by: Natasha T. Hays

About the author:

Natasha T. Hays is a pediatrician and trained stuntwoman. She has been working for the Morganton Developmental Evaluation Center in North Carolina, USA for 17 years, treating patients with a variety of special needs including learning disabilities, ADHD, autism, cerebral palsy, neurological disorders, and mood disorders. Natasha is married to Phil and they have two children, Ariel and Alexander.

ISBN: 978-1-84310-788-0

Year: 2004

Publication Info: 176pp


Told from a pediatrician’s perspective, A Toss of the Dice reveals what it is like to diagnose and treat children with developmental problems. Natasha T. Hays uses stories from her pediatric practice to illustrate the challenges faced by children with different types of special needs, including autism, bipolar disorder, genetic syndromes, cerebral palsy, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and giftedness.

In this highly readable book, Hays combines stories of inspirational children with useful medical information and treatment options. A Toss of the Dice shows the human perspective of the interaction between doctor and patient. It informs parents, teachers, doctors and health professionals as well as the general reader.



1. News by Telephone. 2. Medical School. 3. Pediatric Residency. 4. More Lessons, Including Humility. 5. Carolina, Here I Come. 6. Coping With a Disability.
7. Mental Retardation. 8. Genetics and Syndromes. 9. Sandra’s Story. 10. Learning Disabilities. 11. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and its Mimics. 12. Mood Disorders. 13. Cerebral Palsy. 14. Autistic Spectrum Disorders. 15. The Falling Sickness.
16. Smart Mothers, Horrible Choices. 17. The Deaf-A Different Culture. 18. Brothers and Sisters. 19. Being Gifted: A Mixed Blessing. 20. School. 21. Bullying. 22. The Unkindest Cut-Terminal Illness. 23. Ariel and Alex. 24. Making Music. Index.



Our hopes and dreams for our children are deeply felt by all parents. When we realize our children cannot fully achieve what we had hoped for them, it is a grief that tears at our hearts. The bottom line is that having children is just a toss of the dice. We all carry quite a few seeds for genetic disorders in our chromosomes.


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