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Knocking on heaven's door : the path to a better way of death
Title:
Knocking on heaven's door : the path to a better way of death
ISBN:
9781451641974
Edition:
First Scribner hardcover edition.
Physical Description:
322 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents:
Pt. 1: The stroke. Along came a blackbird ; A year of grace ; Rites of passage -- Pt. 2: Fast medicine. The tyranny of hope ; Inventing lifesaving and transforming death ; My father's open heart -- Pt. 3: Ordeal. Not getting better ; Dharma sisters ; Broke-down palace ; White water -- Pt. 4: Rebellion. The sorcerer's apprentice ; The business of lifesaving ; Deactivation -- Pt. 5: Acceptance. The art of dying ; Afterward -- Pt. 6: Grace. Valerie makes up her mind ; Old plum tree bent and gnarled -- Pt. 7: Into the light. A better way of death ; A map through the labyrinth ; Notes for a new art of dying.
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Summary:
"A blend of memoir and investigation of the choices we face when our terror of death collides with the technological imperatives of modern medicine"--
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