Knocking on heaven's door: the path to a better way of death

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"An exquisitely written, expertly reported memoir and expose; of modern medicine that leads the way to more humane, less invasive end-of-life care based on the author's acclaimed New York Times Magazine piece. This is the story of one daughter's struggle to allow her parents the peaceful, natural deaths they wanted and to investigate the larger forces in medicine that stood in the way. When doctors refused to disable the pacemaker that caused her eighty-four-year-old father's heart to outlive his brain, Katy Butler, an award-winning science writer, embarked on a quest to understand why modern medicine was depriving him of a humane, timely death. After his lingering death, Katy's mother, nearly broken by years of nonstop caregiving, defied her doctors, refused open-heart surgery, and insisted on facing death the old-fashioned way: bravely, lucidly, and head on. Against this backdrop of familial love, wrenching moral choices, and redemption, Knocking on Heaven's Door celebrates the inventors of the 1950s who cobbled together lifesaving machines like the pacemaker and it exposes the tangled marriage of technology, medicine, and commerce that gave us a modern way of death: more painful, expensive, and prolonged than ever before. Caring for declining parents is a reality facing millions who may someday tell a doctor: "Let my parent go." A riveting exploration of the forgotten art of dying, Knocking on Heaven's Door empowers readers to create new rites of passage to the "Good Deaths" our ancestors so prized. Like Jessica Mitford's The American Way of Death and How We Die by Sherwin Nuland, it is sure to cause controversy and open minds"--
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9781451641974
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subject_facet Adult children of aging parents -- Family relationships, Downloadable audio books, Euthanasia -- Moral and ethical aspects, Large type books, Terminal care, Terminal care -- Decision making
title_display Knocking on heaven's door : the path to a better way of death
title_full Knocking on heaven's door : the path to a better way of death / Katy Butler, Knocking on heaven's door [electronic resource] : the path to a better way of death / Katy Butler, Knocking on heaven's door [text (large print)] : the path to a better way of death / Katy Butler
title_short Knocking on heaven's door :
title_sub the path to a better way of death
topic_facet Adult children of aging parents, Decision making, Euthanasia, Family relationships, Large type books, Moral and ethical aspects, Terminal care