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The way we die now : the view from medicine's front line

Author: Seamus O'Mahony
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First U.S. editionView all editions and formats
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"We have lost the ability to deal with death. Most of the dying spend their last days in general hospitals and nursing homes, in the care of strangers. They may not even know they are dying, victims of the kindly lie that there is still hope. They are often robbed of their dignity after a long series of excessive and hopeless medical interventions. This is the starting point of Seamus O'Mahony's book on the Western  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Seamus O'Mahony
ISBN: 9781250112798 1250112796
OCLC Number: 1002670902
Language Note: Text in English.
Notes: Street Smart: 7/25/17.
Orignally published: London : Head of Zeus, 2016.
Description: xii, 292 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: What do I know? --
Hidden death --
A hesitation to be brave --
How the poor die --
Deathology --
Celebrity cancer ward --
A passion for control --
To philosophize is to learn how to die --
Live for ever --
Creatureliness --
Epilogue: Some modest proposals.
Responsibility: Seamus O'Mahoney.

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"We have lost the ability to deal with death. Most of the dying spend their last days in general hospitals and nursing homes, in the care of strangers. They may not even know they are dying, victims of the kindly lie that there is still hope. They are often robbed of their dignity after a long series of excessive and hopeless medical interventions. This is the starting point of Seamus O'Mahony's book on the Western way of death. Dying has never been more exposed, with public figures writing detailed memoirs of their illnesses, but in private we have done our best to banish all thought of death. Dying has become medicalized and sanitized, but doctors cannot prescribe a 'good death.' [This book] asks us to consider how we have gotten to this age of spiritual poverty and argues that giving up our fantasies of control over death can help restore its significance."--Jacket.

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