Last Rights Rescuing the End of Life from the Medical System

ISBN-10: 031237464X

ISBN-13: 9780312374648

Edition: 2007 (Revised)

Authors: Stephen P. Kiernan

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"Gripping...A superb resource for boomers dealing with their parents' final well as for health-care professionals who need to hear this story from the other side." --Kirkus Reviews With advances in medicine, technology, and daily diet and exercise practices, Americans are living longer than ever before. We have an unprecedented opportunity for meaningful closure - free of pain, among loved ones, with our affairs in order and spiritual calm attained. Instead, most of us discover that our doctor has minimal training in providing end-of-life care, and will seek to extend life no matter how painful, expensive and futile that effort might be. In "Last Rights," award-winning journalist Stephen P. Kiernan shows how patients and families can regain control of the dying process, creating familial intimacy like never before. Bolstered by both scientific research and intimate portraits of people from all walks of life, Last Rights offers a hopeful, profound vision for patients, doctors, and families: a way to honor people during their greatest vulnerability, a chance for families to reconnect, an opportunity for the medical system to treat patients with ultimate respect, a time to give comfort and compassion to those we most love.
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List price: $22.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 12/10/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

The Imprint a Body Makes
Last Hours
This Is the News
A Baby and a Basketball Game
A Dog Is Better Than a Pill
So Much Potential
Not an Emergency
What Is a Crisis?
Possible Paths
Still Alive
Mysteries of Life
Two Visions
Heal Thyself
Doctors' Beginnings
"Take Five Years"
A Piece of Cake
"This Was Medicine
"Maybe I Can Make You Laugh"
Barriers to Change
Medicine and Love are Not the Same Thing
One Experience
Families as "Problems"
No One in Charge
The Economics of Dying
The Most Important Time
Smelling the Roses
"Her Wishes Were Totally Ignored"
The Desire for Control
Dreams Coming True
The Final Caress
"We Can Celebrate"
A Gift of Silver
Lobster Newburg
A Bowl of Applesauce
Illness As Opportunity
The Lesson of the Leaves
The Endless Cycle
An Agenda for Improvement
Four Final Lessons
Sources and Resources
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