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Natural causes : an epidemic of wellness, the certainty of dying, and killing ourselves to live longer

Author: Barbara Ehrenreich
Publisher: New York, New York : Twelve, 2019. ©2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Ehrenreich's core philosophy holds that aging people have the right to determine their quality of life and may choose to forgo painful and generally ineffective treatments. She presents evidence that such tests as annual physicals and Pap smears have little effect in prolonging life; investigates wellness trends, including mindfulness meditation; and questions the doctrine of a harmonious "mindbody" and its supposed  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara Ehrenreich
ISBN: 9781455535897 1455535893
OCLC Number: 1101713532
Description: xv, 247 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Midlife revolt --
Rituals of humiliation --
The veneer of science --
Crushing the body --
The madness of mindfulness --
Death in social context --
The war between conflict and harmony --
Cellular treason --
Tiny minds --
"Successful aging" --
The invention of the self --
Killing the self, rejoicing in a living world.
Responsibility: Barbara Ehrenreich.

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Ehrenreich's core philosophy holds that aging people have the right to determine their quality of life and may choose to forgo painful and generally ineffective treatments. She presents evidence that such tests as annual physicals and Pap smears have little effect in prolonging life; investigates wellness trends, including mindfulness meditation; and questions the doctrine of a harmonious "mindbody" and its supposed natural tendency to prolong life. Mostly, she urges that we recognize that death is natural, that we enjoy our lives while we can, and that we disabuse ourselves of any self-serving notions of post-mortem permanence or even influence.

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