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Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781451641981
Author(s): Katy Butler
Format: Paperback
Year: 2014
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Dimensions: 140 x 216 x 24 (w x l x h)
Pages: 352

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A thoroughly researched and compelling mix of personal narrative and hard-nosed reporting that captures just how flawed care at the end of life has become (Abraham Verghese, The New York Times Book Review). This bestselling memoir hailed a triumph by The New York Times ponders the Good Death and the forces within medicine that stand in its way. Award-winning journalist Katy Butler was living thousands of miles from her aging parents when the call came: her beloved seventy-nine-year-old father had suffered a crippling stroke. Katy and her mother joined the more than 28 million Americans who are shepherding loved ones through their final declines. Doctors outfitted her father with a pacemaker, which kept his heart going while doing nothing to prevent a slide into dementia, near-blindness, and misery. When he said, I m living too long, mother and daughter faced wrenching moral questions. Where is the line between saving a life and prolonging a dying? When do you say to a doctor, Let my loved one go? When doctors refused to disable the pacemaker, condemning her father to a lingering death, Butler set out to understand why. Her quest had barely begun when her mother, faced with her own grave illness, rebelled against her doctors, refused open-heart surgery, and met death the old-fashioned way: head-on. Part memoir, part medical history, and part spiritual guide, Knocking on Heaven s Door is a map through the la
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