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Beyond the Good Death The Anthropology of Modern Dying

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ISBN-10: 0812221982

ISBN-13: 9780812221985

Edition: 2008

Authors: James W. Green

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In November 1998, millions of television viewers watched as Thomas Youk died. Suffering from the late stages of Lou Gehrig's disease, Youk had called upon the infamous Michigan pathologist, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, to help end his life on his own terms. After delivering the videotape to60 Minutes, Kevorkian was arrested and convicted of manslaughter, despite the fact that Youk's family firmly believed that the ending of his life qualified as a good death.Death is political, as the controversies surrounding Jack Kevorkian and, more recently, Terri Schiavo have shown. While death is a natural event, modern end-of-life experiences are shaped by new medical, demographic, and cultural trends. People…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication date: 2/29/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Getting Dead
Exit Strategies
The Body as Relic
Soulscapes
Passing It On
In Our Hearts Forever
The Future of Death
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Acknowledgments