Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness

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Oxford University Press, 1999 - Medical - 242 pages
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Modern medical technology has changed not only the way we live but also the way we die. Until two generations ago, people usually died suddenly, after an accident or serious illness. Now, most of us may expect our dying to take longer, to require more care, and to demand more forethought than ever before.
Handbook for Mortals is warmly addressed to all those who wish to approach the final years of life with greater awareness of what to expect and greater confidence about how to make the end of our lives a time of growth, comfort, and meaningful reflection. Written by Dr. Joanne Lynn and a team of expert physicians, this book provides equal measures of practical information and wise counsel. Readers will learn what decisions they will need to face, what choices are available to them, where to look for help, how to ease pain and other symptoms, what to expect with specific diseases, how the health-care system operates, and how the entire experience affects dying persons, their families, and their friends. Such practical information is indispensable. But equally important are the personal stories included here of how people have come to terms with dying, how they have faced their fears and made their choices. These give us moving firsthand insights into a profoundly important process, one that is increasingly kept hidden in our culture.
From down-to-earth advice on how to talk to your doctor to inspiring quotes from such writers as Emily Dickinson, W. H. Auden, Jane Kenyon, and others, Handbook for Mortals encompasses the needs of both the body and the spirit in our final years.
  

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Designed for caregivers as well as patients, this book combines insights and inspiration with practical information and sensible suggestions for coping with critical, debilitating illnesses and the ... Read full review

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Very easy to read book with a lot of reassuring advice for the stage of life none of us are ever really prepared for - dying. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
1 LIVING WITH SERIOUS ILLNESS
5
2 ENDURING AND CHANGING
15
3 FINDING MEANING
27
4 HELPING FAMILY MAKE DECISIONS AND GIVE CARE
39
5 GETTING THE HELP YOU NEED
47
6 TALKING WITH YOUR DOCTOR
57
7 CONTROLLING PAIN
71
11 FORGOING MEDICAL TREATMENT
129
12 HASTENING DEATH
139
13 COPING WITH EVENTS NEAR DEATH
149
14 THE DYING OF CHILDREN
161
15 DYING SUDDENLY
171
16 ENDURING LOSS
179
17 ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
195
Acknowledgments
220

8 MANAGING OTHER SYMPTOMS
85
9 LEARNING ABOUT SPECIFIC ILLNESSES
93
10 PLANNING AHEAD
119

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Joanne Lynn, MD, is Director, Center to Improve Care of the Dying, George Washington Medical School; Joan Teno, MD, is Co-Director of CICD; Joan Harrold, MD, is a Fellow, National Cancer Institute; Anne Wilkinson, PhD, is a Research Associate, CICD.

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