Dancing with Broken Bones: Portraits of Death and Dying among Inner-City Poor / Edition 1

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Overview


This book tells the stories of patients whose stories are typically not told: the urban dying poor. By illustrating how the issues and needs of this especially vulnerable group are shaped by the experience of living in poverty, this work provides an important contribution to the growing literature on palliative care for special populations.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Read this book. It will remind you why you became a physician."--The Lancet

"Moller has produced a profound literary work."--Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care

"...stories of courage, faith, suffering, and neglect are interwoven in a remarkable book for anyone with an interest in end-of-life care."--Journal of Palliative Medicine

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Reviewer: Becky Stepp, BBA, MEd, BS, M, LMSW (Seton Medical Center)
Description: This book illustrates death and dying among inner-city poor. Stories of patients and families portray the difficulties of the underprivileged dying.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to give a voice and provide a face to the lives of the suffering and dying. The authors strive to convey the experiences of dying in inner-city poverty through a series of interviews with individuals facing death and dying.
Audience: This book is useful to any healthcare professional as well as to social workers and professionals dealing with death and dying.
Features: The material presented is the result of three research initiatives, funded by various institutes, in which focus groups, longitudinal studies, and home visits were completed.
Assessment: Although the book offers an insightful glimpse into the life of the dying of the inner-city poor, the book fails to offer recommendations to correct this situation. The book could be enhanced by inclusion of the services of hospice as well as psychological services.

2 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195165265
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 10/30/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,348,724
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

University of Missouri-Kansas City
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Crossing the Tracks : An Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Dying Poor : An Invisible World 13
Ch. 3 Dying in the Public Hospital System : Institutional Arrangements and Provider Perspectives 32
Ch. 4 Courage Through Suffering : Snapshots of the Dying Poor 51
Ch. 5 Triumph and Faith Through Harsh Reality and Personal Tragedy : Lucille Angel 96
Ch. 6 Life on the Brink : Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler 113
Ch. 7 A Conclusion : Conscious Listening, Mindful Presence - A Lesson Learned 157
Epilogue : An Urban Thoreau 163
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