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Through the valley of shadows : living wills, intensive care, and making medicine human

Author: Samuel Morris Brown
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Hospital intensive care units have changed when and how we die-and not always for the better. The ICU is a new world, one in which once-fatal diseases can be cured and medical treatments greatly enhance our chances of full recovery. But, paradoxically, these places of physical healing can exact a terrible toll, and by focusing on technology rather than humanity, they too often rob the dying of their dignity. By some  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Samuel Morris Brown
ISBN: 9780199392957 0199392951
OCLC Number: 919068331
Description: xii, 272 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: A culture in crisis --
The rise of the living will --
Empirical and ethical problems with living wills --
Living wills don't make decisions : human beings do --
The barbaric life of the ICU --
Life after the ICU --
Reform : the current state of the art --
Healing the intensive care unit.
Responsibility: Samuel Morris Brown.

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In place of living wills, which have fundamentally misunderstood the problems people face during life-threatening illness, researcher and practicing ICU physician Samuel Morris Brown advocates a  Read more...

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If you work in an ICU, or in palliative care in a system that includes intensive medical care, there is a lot to think about here. * IAHPC, Roger Woodruff *

 
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