Death Is That Man Taking Names: Intersections of American Medicine, Law, and Culture / Edition 1

Death Is That Man Taking Names: Intersections of American Medicine, Law, and Culture / Edition 1

by Robert A. Burt
     
 


"This book is enormously important, beautifully reasoned and written with crystal clarity by an author of wide scholarly experience, brilliant insights and extraordinary erudition. It is the first book length study I've seen that reasons from the individual psychology of all stakeholders. It ultimately provides the only truly revealing way to understand the… See more details below

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"This book is enormously important, beautifully reasoned and written with crystal clarity by an author of wide scholarly experience, brilliant insights and extraordinary erudition. It is the first book length study I've seen that reasons from the individual psychology of all stakeholders. It ultimately provides the only truly revealing way to understand the personal and civic conundrums surrounding dying, which have always been characterized by irrational thinking, inconsistencies of behavior and paradoxes of personal viewpoints."—Sherwin Nuland, M.D., author of How We Die

"Once you acknowledge the profound and inescapable ambivalence that shapes our attitudes toward death, what can we learn about our death-dealing policies and practices, from end-of-life care and assisted suicide to the death penalty? Robert Burt's Death is That Man Taking Names provides extraordinary insights in eloquent and elegant prose. All thoughtful people who are seriously interested in the deeper roots and broader implications of our policies concerning death should read this remarkably original and provocative book."—Thomas H. Murray, President, The Hastings Center, and author of The Worth of a Child

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520243248
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/06/2004
Series:
California/Milbank Books on Health and the Public Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
1Good Death1
2Hidden Death27
3Death at War47
4Judges and Death67
5Doctors and Death87
6Choosing Death106
7The Death Penalty123
8All the Days of My Life157
Notes187
Index219

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