With the End in Mind

With the End in Mind

Dying, Death, and Wisdom in An Age of Denial

Book - 2018
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A palliative care physician draws on stories from her own practice to explain how to enable a gentle and peaceful death and how modern medicine, augmented by traditional palliative approaches, can restore dignity, humanity, and meaning to the end of life.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316504485
0316504483
Branch Call Number: 304.6 Mannix 2018
Characteristics: viii, 341 pages ; 22 cm

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bookybird
May 03, 2018

After reading a positive review of this book in The Australian newspaper, I checked it out, and I have to agree that it is very good. The author's experience as a palliative care consultant combined with being a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist is seen in her descriptions of the treatment and care of patients in the last stage of life who require attention to not only their physical and medical needs, but the psychological and spiritual as well. Each chapter is a type of lesson not only for the doctors, carers, and families to learn, but the patients too, indirectly. Each 'lesson' explores a different aspect of the process of dying with anecdotes about specific patients. The events are often heart-wrenching, but they are told in a heart-warming, even light-hearted way which is still clinically informative, yet ultimately uplifting. I would recommend this book strongly to anyone who is wanting to be enlightened about the needs of people they care for who are living the end of their lives, or for those who are looking for insight for themselves. Let's hope it is on the reading list in Aged Care courses.

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