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Last rights : rescuing the end of life from the medical system

by Kiernan, Stephen P.

Format: Print Book 2006
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
Available (4)
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Crafton Public Library Adult - Non-Fiction 179.7 KIERNAN 2006 CRAFTON 12/06
Location  Crafton Public Library
Collection  Adult - Non-Fiction
Call Number  179.7 KIERNAN 2006 CRAFTON 12/06
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Non-Fiction 179.7 K52
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  179.7 K52
Northland Public Library Nonfiction 179.7 K54
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  179.7 K54
Penn Hills Library Non-Fiction 179.7 KIE
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  179.7 KIE
"This country is fairly crowded with doctors, families, and patients-all possessed of good intentions-failing to achieve the simple goal of allowing people to die with dignity and grace."In the 1970s, most Americans died swiftly and brutally: of heart attacks, strokes, cancer, or in accidents. But in the past three decades, medical advances have extended our lives and changed the way we die. In Last Rights , Stephen Kiernan reveals the disconnect between how patients want to live the end of life-pain free, functioning mentally and physically, surrounded by family and friends-and how the medical system continues to treat the dying-with extreme interventions, at immense cost, and with little regard to pain, human comforts, or even the stated wishes of patients and families. Backed with surveys, interviews, and intimate portraits of people from all walks of life, from the dying and their families to the doctors and nurses who care for them, this book will be for our time what Elizabeth Kubler-Ross's books were for a previous generation.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Anyone who has stood helplessly by as physicians insisted that a battery of tests and interventions could prolong the life of a loved one, only to see those expensive efforts fail, is certain to be moved by Kiernan's presentation. While his assertion that the American way of dying has changed only during the last 30 years may be debatable, there is no question that the process of dying has undergone a radical makeover. It has become, too often, a parade of last-ditch, state-of-the-art medical interventions, to the direct detriment of the dying person and his or her family and friends. Those who have a terminal illness, Kiernan says, deserve to die quietly, in their own homes, surrounded by loved ones and as pain-free as possible. He makes it sound simple enough, and a lot cheaper than the currently popular, if futile, pricey hospital heroics that prolong little more than misery. The problem is that American medical schools devote more time to teaching students about diseases not even found in the U.S. than to preparing them to work with terminal patients. Doctors, therefore, are ill equipped in every way to accompany a patient down the path to a serene death. A nice polemic, even without practical advice on assuring one's own peaceful demise. --Donna Chavez Copyright 2006 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Terminal care.
Publisher New York :St. Martin's Press,2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description xviii, 301 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [277]-288) and index.
ISBN 0312342241
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