December 23, 2004

In an article published Sunday in the first part of a four-part series on care of dying children, the observations of anthropologist Myra Bluebond-Langner were mischaracterized. In discussing parents' decision-making for critically ill children, she did not call treatments last-ditch rescue efforts nor did she say that parents delude themselves in trying to be hopeful. Those views were drawn from interviews with several other experts in the field. She contends that parents of critically ill children are motivated by complex factors in evaluating treatment options.

The article also misstated the starting point of a research study by Bluebond-Langner, a Rutgers University anthropologist, who followed her subjects after standard therapy had failed.

The Sun regrets the errors.

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