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The way we die now : the view from medicine's front line / Seamus O'Mahoney.

O'Mahony, Seamus, author. (Author).
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  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250112798 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 1250112796 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2017.

Content descriptions

General Note: Orignally published: London : Head of Zeus, 2016.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Summary, etc.: "We have lost the ability to deal with death. Most of our friends and beloved relations will die in a busy hospital in the care of strangers, doctors, and nurses they have known at best for a couple of weeks. They may not even know they are dying, victims of the kindly lie that there is still hope. They are unlikely to see even their family doctor in their final hours, robbed of their dignity and fed through a tube after a long series of excessive and hopeless medical interventions. This is the starting point of Seamus O'Mahony's The Way We Die Now, a thoughtful, moving and unforgettable book on the western way of death. Dying has never been more public, with celebrities writing detailed memoirs of their illness, but in private we have done our best to banish all thought of dying and made a good death increasingly difficult to achieve"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2017 June #1
    Gastroenterologist O'Mahony focuses on "the Lie": the tendency in wealthy Western countries to keep the terminally ill ignorant of imminent death and how this approach often undermines a more peaceful close to life. It also encourages overreliance on medicine, with much pointless treatment and many graceless deaths, such as putting extremely old and sick people in ICU units. Many Westerners view hospitals as "dust bins" meant to process all unpleasant medical situations. This, along with health care and legal systems that foment overtreatment, creates impossible situations, with doctors accused of overintervention, then being sued for giving false hope. Should nursing homes send declining patients to the hospital or let them stay in a familiar setting at the risk of the home being accused of neglect? O'Mahony shows how living wills and other directives meant to clarify end-of-life decisions can be misconstrued and how assisted suicide can be more about excessive control than dignity. Though he seems, at times, to view any fight against terminal disease as delusional, O'Mahony's thorough exploration of an increasingly urgent topic should create solid demand. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

DR. SEAMUS O’MAHONY is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Cork University Hospital. He is associate editor for medical humanities of the Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and is a regular contributor to the Dublin Review of Books. He is the author of The Way We Die Now.

Subject: Death > Sociological aspects.
Death > Social aspects.
Terminally ill > Care.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Death & Dying.
MEDICAL / Terminal Care.

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