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The Resource Knocking on heaven's door : the path to a better way of death, Katy Butler, (large print)

Knocking on heaven's door : the path to a better way of death, Katy Butler, (large print)

Label
Knocking on heaven's door : the path to a better way of death
Title
Knocking on heaven's door
Title remainder
the path to a better way of death
Statement of responsibility
Katy Butler
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Katy Butler was living thousands of miles from her vigorous and self-reliant parents when the call came: a crippling stroke had left her proud seventy-nine-year-old father unable to fasten a belt or complete a sentence. Tragedy at first drew the family closer: her mother devoted herself to caregiving, and Butler joined the twenty-four million Americans helping shepherd parents through their final declines. Then doctors outfitted her father with a pacemaker, keeping his heart going but doing nothing to prevent his six-year slide into dementia, near-blindness, and misery. When he told his exhausted wife, "I'm living too long," mother and daughter were forced to confront a series of wrenching moral questions. When does death stop being a curse and become a blessing? Where is the line between saving a life and prolonging a dying? When do you say to a doctor, "Let my loved one go?" When doctors refused to disable the pacemaker, condemning her father to a prolonged and agonizing death, Butler set out to understand why. Her quest had barely begun when her mother took another path. Faced with her own grave illness, she rebelled against her doctors, refused open-heart surgery, and met death head-on. With a reporter's skill and a daughter's love, Butler explores what happens when our terror of death collides with the technological imperatives of medicine. Her thesis is that modern medicine, in its pursuit of maximum longevity, often creates more suffering than it prevents. This blend of memoir and investigative reporting lays bare the tangled web of technology, medicine, and commerce that dying has become. And it chronicles the rise of Slow Medicine, a new movement trying to reclaim the 'Good Deaths' our ancestors prized
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DLC
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1949-
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Butler, Katy
Dewey number
362.17/5
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
R726.8
LC item number
.B884 2013b
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Thorndike Press large print Health, Home & learning
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Terminal care
  • Terminal care
  • Euthanasia
  • Adult children of aging parents
  • Large type books
Label
Knocking on heaven's door : the path to a better way of death, Katy Butler, (large print)
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The stroke. Along came a blackbird ; A year of grace ; Rites of passage -- Fast medicine. The tyranny of hope ; Inventing lifesaving and transforming death ; My father's open heart -- Ordeal. Not getting better ; Dharma sisters ; Broke-down palace ; White water -- Rebellion. The sorcerer's apprentice ; The business of lifesaving ; Deactivation -- Acceptance. The art of dying ; Afterward -- Grace. Valerie makes up her mind ; Old plum tree bent and gnarled -- Into the light. A better way of death ; A map through the labyrinth ; Notes for a new art of dying
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
519 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781410463234
Lccn
2013029088
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • ocn854610146
  • (OCoLC)854610146
  • 1338255
Label
Knocking on heaven's door : the path to a better way of death, Katy Butler, (large print)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The stroke. Along came a blackbird ; A year of grace ; Rites of passage -- Fast medicine. The tyranny of hope ; Inventing lifesaving and transforming death ; My father's open heart -- Ordeal. Not getting better ; Dharma sisters ; Broke-down palace ; White water -- Rebellion. The sorcerer's apprentice ; The business of lifesaving ; Deactivation -- Acceptance. The art of dying ; Afterward -- Grace. Valerie makes up her mind ; Old plum tree bent and gnarled -- Into the light. A better way of death ; A map through the labyrinth ; Notes for a new art of dying
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
519 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781410463234
Lccn
2013029088
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • ocn854610146
  • (OCoLC)854610146
  • 1338255

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