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Last rights : rescuing the end of life from the medical system

Author: Stephen P Kiernan
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Up to the 1970s, most Americans died swiftly: of heart attacks, strokes, cancer, or in accidents. But in the past three decades, medical advances have extended our lives and changed the way we die. Journalist Kiernan reveals the disconnect between how patients want to live the end of life--pain-free, functioning mentally and physically, surrounded by family and friends--and how the medical system continues to treat  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen P Kiernan
ISBN: 0312342241 9780312342241
OCLC Number: 70063095
Description: xviii, 301 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. 1. The imprint a body makes --
1. Last hours --
2. This is the news --
3. A baby and a basketball game --
4. A dog is better than a pill --
5. So much potential --
pt. 2. Not an emergency --
6. What is a crisis? --
7. Possible paths --
8. Still alive --
9. Mysteries of life --
10. Two visions --
pt. 3. Heal thyself --
11. Doctors' beginnings --
12. "Take five years" --
13. A piece of cake --
14. "This was medicine" --
15. "Maybe I can make you laugh" --
16. Barriers to change --
pt. 4. Medicine and love are not the same thing --
17. One experience --
18. Families as "problems" --
19. No one in charge --
20. The economics of dying --
21. The most important time --
pt. 5. Smelling the roses --
22. "Her wishes were totally ignored" --
23. The desire for control --
24. Dreams coming true --
25. The final caress --
26. "We can celebrate" --
pt. 6. A gift of silver --
27. Lobster Newburg --
28. A bowl of applesauce --
29. Illness as opportunity --
pt. 7. The lesson of the leaves --
30. The endless cycle --
31. An agenda for improvement --
32. Four final lessons.
Responsibility: Stephen P. Kiernan.
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Reveals the disconnect between how patients want to live the end of life - pain free, functioning mentally and physically, surrounded by family and friends. This book shows how the medical system  Read more...

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"Damn, I wish I'd had this book before my own father died. Part a guide to thinking through the policy questions surrounding the end of life, and part an informal handbook for helping with the deaths Read more...

 
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