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A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-life Care

Book - 2015
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There is an unspoken dark side of American medicine: keeping patients alive at all costs. Two thirds of Americans die in healthcare institutions tethered to machines and tubes, even though research indicates that most prefer to die at home in comfort, surrounded by loved ones. The question 'How do you want to live?' must be posed to the seriously ill because they deserve to choose. If doctors explain options--including the choice to forego countless medical interventions that are often of little benefit--then patients can tell doctors how they wish to spend the remainder of their lives.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2015.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781620408544
Branch Call Number: 616.029 V88
Characteristics: 220 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Oct 01, 2015

This is an important subject for families to bring to the fore. Don't always assume that Granny wants to live forever, regardless of the quality of her health and life. And don't assume that Granny necessarily understands what resuscitation can involve. Discuss what is important in your life, and talk to those people who will be put in the difficult position of making critical health decisions.
The book tends to redundancy in making the point, but it is an important one, and the author is passionate.

Jul 11, 2015

Everyone should read this book. If you have a terminal illness or a progressive disease, or you care about someone else in that situation, you should read it immediately. We will all die someday, and this book could help people experience a death consistent with their own values instead of a death foisted on them by the US medical system. I highly recommend this book.


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