A Midwife Through The Dying Process

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Approximately two-thirds of deaths in the United States involve a doctor's partnership with an individual, whether it be for the administration of pain relief or sedation or for the act of discontinuing or not beginning life-sustaining treatment. In A Midwife through the Dying Process, Timothy Quill, M.D., explores that partnership and the complex end-of-life issues that surround physician-assisted death. Here are the stories of nine individuals and their very different endings, common only in each person's ...

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Overview

Approximately two-thirds of deaths in the United States involve a doctor's partnership with an individual, whether it be for the administration of pain relief or sedation or for the act of discontinuing or not beginning life-sustaining treatment. In A Midwife through the Dying Process, Timothy Quill, M.D., explores that partnership and the complex end-of-life issues that surround physician-assisted death. Here are the stories of nine individuals and their very different endings, common only in each person's struggle to confront issues of law and ethics and to realize a "good"death.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

New England Journal of Medicine

Quill's portraits of his own role and that of other physicians who have aided their patients in dying are direct, honest, and extremely informative... Many readers will see Quill's composite portrait as the best, most evocative description of a physician's appropriate role in assisting a patient who is dying, that of a 'midwife through the dying process'—a phrase he borrowed from one of his patients.

New England Journal of Medicine

"Quill's portraits of his own role and that of other physicians who have aided their patients in dying are direct, honest, and extremely informative... Many readers will see Quill's composite portrait as the best, most evocative description of a physician's appropriate role in assisting a patient who is dying, that of a 'midwife through the dying process'—a phrase he borrowed from one of his patients.

New England Journal of Medicine
Quill's portraits of his own role and that of other physicians who have aided their patients in dying are direct, honest, and extremely informative . . . Many readers will see Quill's composite portrait as the best most evocative description of a physician's appropriate role in assisting a patient who is dying, that of a 'midwife through the dying process'—a phrase he borrowed from one of his patients.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801869785
  • Publisher: Hopkins Fulfillment Service
  • Publication date: 12/1/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 316,175
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy E. Quill, M.D., is associate chief of medicine at The Genesee Hospital in Rochester and professor of medicine and psychiatry at the University of Rochester.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 "A Midwife through the Dying Process"
2 Modern Medicine, Distant Drums
3 "Do You Still Love Me?"
4 It Took a Lickin' and Kept On Tickin'
5 "Another Cross to Bear"
6 Three Strikes and You're Out
7 "You Promised Me I Wouldn't Die like This"
8 Friendship and Hemlock
9 Loving Assistance
10 Partnership and Nonabandonment
Appendix
Advance Directives:
Health Care Proxy and Living Will
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