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A good life to the end : taking control of our inevitable journey through ageing and death

Author: Ken Hillman
Publisher: Crows Nest, NSW Allen & Unwin, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A professor of intensive care asks why so many elderly people linger in pain and confusion in ICU when all they want is to die at home in peace and with their loved ones. A crucial and timely rallying cry against unnecessary suffering and for humanity and gentle acceptance at the end of our lives. A huge majority of people at the end of their lives want to die at home, but only a small number manage to do this. This  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ken Hillman
ISBN: 1760294810 9781760294816
OCLC Number: 982431130
Description: viii, 296 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Ken Hillman.

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A professor of intensive care asks why so many elderly people linger in pain and confusion in ICU when all they want is to die at home in peace and with their loved ones. A crucial and timely rallying cry against unnecessary suffering and for humanity and gentle acceptance at the end of our lives. A huge majority of people at the end of their lives want to die at home, but only a small number manage to do this. This vital book asks why. Many of us have experienced an elderly loved one coming to the end of their life in a hospital - over-treated, infantilised and, worst of all, facing a death without dignity. Families are being herded into making decisions that are not to the benefit of the patient. Professor Ken Hillman has worked in intensive care since its inception. But he is appalled by the way the ICU has become a place where the frail, soon-to-die and dying are given unnecessary operations and life-prolonging treatments without their wishes being taken into account.

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