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The Arduous Touch: Voices of Women in Health Care
     

The Arduous Touch: Voices of Women in Health Care

by Amy Marie Haddad (Editor), Kate H. Brown (Editor)
 
Holding a dead baby. Standing up to a supervisor. Washing a bedridden patient’s hair. Talking past and through one another in a case conference. Smoothing a sheet over a patient’s disintegrating body. Firing a longtime friend and co-worker. Literature can be a rich source of guidance to help with contemporary ethical dilemmas facing health care

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Holding a dead baby. Standing up to a supervisor. Washing a bedridden patient’s hair. Talking past and through one another in a case conference. Smoothing a sheet over a patient’s disintegrating body. Firing a longtime friend and co-worker. Literature can be a rich source of guidance to help with contemporary ethical dilemmas facing health care professionals and patients. Poems and stories can help to identify moral problems, promote empathy, and tolerate ambiguity in health and illness. The depth and detail within stories and poems allow readers to experience the contradictory feelings, complex relationships, and situational messiness that characterize ethical quandaries in actual practice. These works by women in health care contribute to our understanding by introducing characters who struggle with illness and aging or who try to make sense of their own feelings in the face of pain and mortality. Who better to capture the essence of this complexity than people working directly within it?

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Booknews
Voices of nurses, doctors, therapists, and other health and helping professionals convey their values and experiences in short stories and poems highlighting moral issues and ambiguity in health and illness. Authors write of the frustrations, fear, anger, hope, and awe they have felt working with all ages and with families in a variety of settings. No index. Distributed by Purdue U. Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9781557531544
Publisher:
Purdue University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Pages:
133
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.42(d)

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