Last Rights

Rescuing the End of Life from the Medical System by Stephen P. Kiernan

  • Published: Sep 16, 2020

"This country is fairly crowded with doctors, families, and patientsall possessed of good intentionsfailing to achieve the simple goal of allowing people to die with dignity and grace." In the 1970s, most Americans died swiftly and brutally of... read more

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Details of Last Rights

Exact title of the book
Last Rights
Book author
Stephen P. Kiernan
ISBN
9781429916851
Publisher
St. Martin's Publishing Group
Published
Nov 14, 2006
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
320
File size (in PDF)
2880 kB

Some brief overview of book

"This country is fairly crowded with doctors, families, and patientsall possessed of good intentionsfailing 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 lifepain free, functioning mentally and physically, surrounded by family and friendsand how the medical system continues to treat the dyingwith 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.

About author

P. Kiernan is a writer and journalist for the Burlington Free Press. He is the author of The Curiosity, Last Rights and Authentic Patriotism.

His numerous awards include the Gerald Loeb Award for Financial Journalism, the Associated Press Managing Editors' Freedom of Information Award, and the George Polk Award. He lives in Charlotte, Vermont.

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