Good Death The New American Search to Reshape the End of Life

ISBN-10: 0553379879

ISBN-13: 9780553379877

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Description: The Good Death is the first full-scale examination of one of today's most complex issues: the profound change in the way Americans think about and confront death. Drawing on more than six years of firsthand research and reporting, noted journalist Marilyn Webb builds her account around intimate portraits of the dying themselves. She explains why some deaths become shockingly difficult--and needlessly painful--and how the struggles over end-of-life decisions can pit patient and family against hospitals, doctors, insurance companies, religious groups, and the law. But there is good news as well. Webb describes many extraordinary programs and individuals who are changing the face of dying. An abundant source of comfort and hope, The Good Death shows how the essential elements of humane--even uplifted--death are available to all of us, if we know what is possible, where to go for help, and how to prepare.

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Book details

List price: $27.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/2/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction
A Personal Introduction
Dying Well: The Death of Judith Obodov Hardin
The Sorcerer's Apprentice: Beyond the Age of Medical Miracles
Dying Hard: The Death of Peter Ciccone
When Death Becomes a Blessing: The Problem of Pain
Tough Love: The Legacy of Karen Ann Quinlan
Who Decides? Law and Politics at the Edges of Life
Bearing the Burden: Families in Distress
Hospice: The Birth of the Modern Art of Dying
New American Sacred: The Return of Prepared Dying
Wisdom's Portraits: Midwives at Death's Door
Dr. Kevorkian's Challenge: Two Deaths in Michigan
Assisted Dying: The Search for the Least Worst Death
Conclusion: Toward a New Kind of Hope
Epilogue: The Good Death of Jack Sheedy
Notes
Index
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