Good Death The New American Search to Reshape the End of Life
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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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Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/2/1999
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
|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|