Andrew H. Malcolm This Far and No More

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This Far and No More

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Tells the story of a family that faced the financial and emotional burdens of a long illness and raises questions about the ethics of extended medical intervention

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Malcolm, Chicago bureau chief of the New York Times, has chronicled the painful but absorbing story of a will ful young woman's lingering illness and eventual decision to die, with her husband's help, sooner than the dis ease might have taken her. The text is mostly from Emily Bauer's own dia ry, detailing the personal and family difficulties of dealing with incapaci tating illness and imminent death. It offers a striking example of the over- application of medical technology: "All that medical effort, so Emily, the jogger, the bike rider, the active working mom, could lie ther e . . . unable to scratch herself." We are made aware, too, of the profes sional, legal, and institutional diffi culties in "negotiated" deaths. A TV movie is planned. Public libraries will want this title.Nancy B. Burrell, M.L.S., IBID Inc., Sarasota, Fla.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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When does prolonging life by means of technology mean prolonging death? Malcolm, Chicago bureau chief for the New York Times, confronts the right-to-die issue in this anguished account of the three-year-long financial and emotional destruction of a family and the battle waged against ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) by wife and mother Emily Bauer (a pseudonym), in her early 40s and a practicing psychotherapist. Her diary, kept until a self-willed death, and interviews with family members, friends and medical staff reveal that the formally independent, headstrong woman, rendered physically helpless, incapable of speech and progressively dependent on others, remained determined to control her own destiny. An eloquent plea to restore dying as a humane and natural process. TV rights to NBC.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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