Discourses on aging and dying

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SAGE Publications, May 13, 2008 - Old age - 272 pages
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The first section is both philosophical and prescriptive. It explores our rich religious and philosophical tradition to probe the very concepts of life and death and then suggests strategies - age old and time-tested - for coping with the inevitability of aging and dying. Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic perspectives on aging, dying, euthanasia, and related concepts are explored and coping strategies suggested. The second section deals with socio-ethical issues related to aging and dying in the Indian context, in light of the existing state of affairs and possible directions for the future. The third and final section looks at the most pressing problems that confront both Indian society and medicine - end-of-life care.

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Contents

List of Tables
9
Introduction
15
The Vedantic Perspective
33
The Art of Dying with Dignity
60
Life and Immortality in Indian Thought
83
Psychological and
97
A Buddhist Analysis
115
The Buddhist Way to Overcome JardMaranam
134
SocioEthical Issues in the Existing Paradigm of
149
Views on Aging and Dying among the Middleclass
186
A Plea for a Holistic Approach to Aging
203
Paternalistic Decisions for the Comate and
226
Dying with Dignity
248
CultureSpecific and CultureSensitive EndofLife
256
About the Editors and Contributors
263
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