Facing Death: Where Culture, Religion, and Medicine Meet

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This profound and eloquent book brings together health professionals and distinguished authorities in the humanities to reflect on medical, cultural, and religious responses to death. Physicians and other caregivers describe their experiences witnessing death, and theologians, historians, anthropologists, literary scholars, and pastors tell how other cultures and religions perceive death and mourn. For medical personnel and for patients, this collection affirms that death is less an adversary than a defining part of life.

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Today, dying is too often a medical and legal event rather than a natural part of life. In 1994, Yale University's Program for Humanities in Medicine and Boston's Goethe Institute brought together distinguished healthcare professionals, philosophers, historians, and clergy to explore the emotional and spiritual aspects of death. This outstanding collection of conference papers offers rich, thoughtful, often highly personal reflections on the conflict between technologically adept, life-saving medicine and the desire for a meaningful death. Physicians describe their experiences as witnesses to death?their anger and frustration when treatments fail and the pressure to cure that leaves no time for grief. Contributors also consider the meaning death can bring to the lives of the dying and survivors and explore its expression in different times and cultures. This exceptional book defines the 20th century's changing attitudes toward ars moriendi?the way of dying. Highly recommended.?Karen McNally Bensing, Benjamin Rose Inst. Lib., Cleveland, Ohio
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"How startling to the modern reader! How unusual for us, with our crash carts, defibrillators, and morphine drips, to come upon a woman who is eager to be thoroughly present in the moment of her dying, for whom dying is a sacred event, full of transcendent meaning."  D. Barnard, NEJM

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