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The Better End – Surviving (and Dying) on Your Own Terms in Today’s Modern Medical World
Author: Dan Morhaim
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Dan Morhaim is an American doctor specialising in emergency medicine. He is also professor of health policy at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore and a Maryland state legislator.
In this book he approaches the topic of dying in today’s medicalised environment and the medical and legal maze of end of life care in the United States. He helps break down barriers to a difficult, but essential, topic.
Medical technology, intervention and medication can prolong our lives, but often at a cost of pain, poor quality of life and loss of autonomy.
Writing elegantly and poetically, he uses anecdotes, personal reflection and his wide experience of medicine and the legislation in the US to look at the choices available and the importance of living wills and advance directions.
Dr Morhaim writes about the need for patients to make their own decisions and the challenges of communicating with their families and the medical profession.
He offers pertinent insight into the generalised experience of death and dying in the modern age.
Reviewer: Kerry Welch
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