Beyond the Good Death The Anthropology of Modern Dying
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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…
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication date: 2/29/2012
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
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