Excerpts from a Family Medical Dictionary (Paperback)Rebecca Brown
Paperback Published: 27/01/2005
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In 1997 Rebecca Brown's mother, Barbara Wildman Brown, became ill with cancer. In Excerpts from a Family Medical Dictionary the author traces, in sparse prose, the slow, gradual erosion of her mother's health, her dignity and her life. In seventeen short chapters, from 'anaemia', 'twilight sleep' and 'metastasis', to 'unction', 'cremation' and 'remains', the author describes the family's journey through her mother's illness and death. Written unsentimentally, and with sometimes painful honesty, Excerpts from a Family Medical Dictionary is an extraordinarily moving commemoration of a life and death.
Publisher: Granta Books