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To die well : your right to comfort, calm, and choice in the last days of life

Author: Sidney H Wanzer; Joseph Glenmullen
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Lifelong Books, 2007
Series: Merloyd Lawrence Book
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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When should futile medical treatment be stopped? When and how can death be hastened? How can each of us keep control of these decisions?

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sidney H Wanzer; Joseph Glenmullen
ISBN: 9780738210834 0738210838
OCLC Number: 473746607
Description: xii, 209 s. ; 23 cm
Contents: Turning points at life's end --
Rights of the dying patient --
The first turning point : from active treatment to comfort care --
Pain control --
What you should expect from your doctors and nurses --
Family and friends --
The second turning point : making the decision to hasten death --
What options have been used in the past to hasten death?. Helium : newly used method to end suffering --
Differentiating sadness at the end of life from clinical depression --
The special case of irreversible dementia and end-of-life management --
Planning ahead with advance directives : staying in control --
Allowing a merciful death --
Appendix A: Historical background of the end-of-life movement and current national organizations --
Appendix B: Oregon and physician-assisted dying --
Appendix C: The international scene --
Appendix D: End-of-life organizations --
Appendix E: Sample living will --
Appendix F: Health care proxy form with optional attachment --
Appendix G: Proposed authorization for ending life in situations of irreversible and progressive cognitive decline.
Series Title: Merloyd Lawrence Book
Responsibility: Sidney H. Wanzer, Joseph Glenmullen

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