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Changing the way we die : compassionate end-of-life care and the hospice movement

Author: Fran Smith, (Journalist); Sheila Himmel
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2014.
Series: Thorndike Press large print health, home & learning.
Edition/Format:   Large print book : English : Large Print editionView all editions and formats
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There's a quiet revolution happening in the way we die. More than 1.5 million Americans a year die in hospice care -- nearly 44 percent of all deaths -- and a vast industry has sprung up to meet the growing demand. Once viewed as a New Age indulgence, hospice is now a $14 billion business and one of the most successful segments in health care. Journalists Fran Smith and Sheila Himmel take a broad, penetrating look  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Large type books
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fran Smith, (Journalist); Sheila Himmel
ISBN: 9781410468031 1410468038
OCLC Number: 864676794
Notes: Reprint of: Street Berkeley, California : Viva Editions, 2013.
Description: 411 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Contents: The choice. What do you want to do with the rest of your life? --
Birth of a movement --
Cure versus care --
The patients. Evelyn Landes: House calls --
Alice and Ying Wun: A fragile family peace --
Peter Serrell: Final fast --
Fred Holliday: Inside the Catch-22 of hospice --
The survivors. Up from the abyss --
Turning points --
The providers. The gift of grace --
New course for doctors --
Dying for dollars --
Cultural revolutions --
Not if, but when --
Reflections.
Series Title: Thorndike Press large print health, home & learning.
Responsibility: Fran Smith and Sheila Himmel ; foreword by Joan Halifax, Ph. D.

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There's a quiet revolution happening in the way we die. More than 1.5 million Americans a year die in hospice care -- nearly 44 percent of all deaths -- and a vast industry has sprung up to meet the growing demand. Once viewed as a New Age indulgence, hospice is now a $14 billion business and one of the most successful segments in health care. Journalists Fran Smith and Sheila Himmel take a broad, penetrating look at the hospice landscape, through stories of real patients, families, and doctors, as well as the corporate giants that increasingly own the market.

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