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Knocking on heaven's door : the path to a better way of death

Author: Katy Butler
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2013.
Edition/Format:   book_printbook : English : First Scribner hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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"An exquisitely written, expertly reported memoir and expose; of modern medicine that leads the way to more humane, less invasive end-of-life care based on the author's acclaimed New York Times Magazine piece. This is the story of one daughter's struggle to allow her parents the peaceful, natural deaths they wanted and to investigate the larger forces in medicine that stood in the way. When doctors refused to
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Genre/Form: Personal Narratives
Named Person: Katy Butler
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Katy Butler
ISBN: 9781451641974 1451641974
OCLC Number: 843955794
Description: 322 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Pt. 1: The stroke. Along came a blackbird ; A year of grace ; Rites of passage --
Pt. 2: Fast medicine. The tyranny of hope ; Inventing lifesaving and transforming death ; My father's open heart --
Pt. 3: Ordeal. Not getting better ; Dharma sisters ; Broke-down palace ; White water --
Pt. 4: Rebellion. The sorcerer's apprentice ; The business of lifesaving ; Deactivation --
Pt. 5: Acceptance. The art of dying ; Afterward --
Pt. 6: Grace. Valerie makes up her mind ; Old plum tree bent and gnarled --
Pt. 7: Into the light. A better way of death ; A map through the labyrinth ; Notes for a new art of dying.
Responsibility: Katy Butler.
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