Dying in the Twenty-First Century (Basic Bioethics) (Paperback)

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By Lydia S. Dugdale (Editor)
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Physicians, philosophers, and theologians consider how to address death and dying for a diverse population in a secularized century.

Most of us are generally ill-equipped for dying. Today, we neither see death nor prepare for it. But this has not always been the case. In the early fifteenth century, the Roman Catholic Church published the Ars moriendi texts, which established prayers and practices for an art of dying. In the twenty-first century, physicians rely on procedures and protocols for the efficient management of hospitalized patients. How can we recapture an art of dying that can facilitate our dying well? In this book, physicians, philosophers, and theologians attempt to articulate a bioethical framework for dying well in a secularized, diverse society.

Contributors discuss such topics as the acceptance of human finitude; the role of hospice and palliative medicine; spiritual preparation for death; and the relationship between community, and individual autonomy. They also consider special cases, including children, elderly patients with dementia, and death in the early years of the AIDS epidemic, when doctors could do little more than accompany their patients in humble solidarity.

These chapters make the case for a robust bioethics--one that could foster both the contemplation of finitude and the cultivation of community that would be necessary for a contemporary art of dying well.

Contributors
Jeffrey P. Bishop, Lisa Sowle Cahill, Daniel Callahan, Farr A. Curlin, Lydia S. Dugdale, Michelle Harrington, John Lantos, Stephen R. Latham, M. Therese Lysaught, Autumn Alcott Ridenour, Peter A. Selwyn, Daniel Sulmasy

About the Author


Lydia Dugdale, MD, is an internal medicine physician and Associate Director for the Program for Biomedical Ethics at Yale School of Medicine. Lydia Dugdale, MD, is an internal medicine physician and Associate Director for the Program for Biomedical Ethics at Yale School of Medicine. John D. Lantos is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and Director of the Children's Mercy Hospital Bioethics Center. Daniel Callahan is Research Scholar and President Emeritus of the Hastings Center, a nonpartisan bioethics research center. He is the author or editor of many books, including, most recently, Taming the Beloved Beast: How Medical Technology Costs Are Destroying Our Health Care System. Lydia Dugdale, MD, is an internal medicine physician and Associate Director for the Program for Biomedical Ethics at Yale School of Medicine.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780262534598
ISBN-10: 0262534592
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication Date: July 14th, 2017
Pages: 218
Language: English
Series: Basic Bioethics

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