And a Time to Die: How American Hospitals Shape the End of Life (Paperback)Sharon R. Kaufman (author)
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Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Number of pages: 412
Weight: 562 g
Dimensions: 228 x 156 x 24 mm
Edition: New edition
Reading this book is like listening in on the conversations and problems that American physicians have in caring for the dying and their families, the tragic choices for which nobody-not even living wills-- can really plan. Sharon Kaufmann vividly describes the harrowing scenarios, impossible for anyone to control, awaiting those of us who must die in hospitals, or more realistically begin the "process of dying," so transformed and so stretched by modern technology.
There are good routines for medical care and for cure, but patients and their families, physicians and other "healthcare workers," have such different concepts of life and consciousness, of dignity and duty, of faith and obligation, that there can never be agreement on how we die or how we should die.
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