The Better End: Surviving (and Dying) on Your Own Terms in Today's Modern Medical Worldby Dan Morhaim
While modern Americans strive to control nearly every aspect of their lives, many of us abandon control of life's final passage. But the realities of twenty-first-century medicine will allow most of us to have a say in how, when, and where we die, so we need to make decisions here, too. Through compelling real-life stories and practical guidance, this book helps… See more details below
While modern Americans strive to control nearly every aspect of their lives, many of us abandon control of life's final passage. But the realities of twenty-first-century medicine will allow most of us to have a say in how, when, and where we die, so we need to make decisions here, too. Through compelling real-life stories and practical guidance, this book helps readers navigate end-of-life care for themselves and their loved ones.
The Better End is about hope, empowerment, and inspiration. What we choose for our end-of-life care depends on accurate information and on our personal values. We need not only to understand new medical advances but also to appreciate the wisdom of humanity's past and present.
Dan Morhaim, a practicing physician and Maryland state legislator, guides readers through the medical and legal maze of end-of-life care. He details the care choices available to patients and explains why living wills and advance directives are a necessity for every American. He tells readers where to find free and readily available living wills and advance directives and why it is so important for everyoneyoung and oldto complete them.
Dr. Morhaim helps readers keep decisions in their own hands and spare their families the uncertainty and trauma of guessing about their end-of-life wishes. With this book, he breaks down the barriers to a difficult but essential topic, helping readers to open this often avoided discussion with their loved ones and providing the information and guidance needed to ensure that deeply held values are reflected and honored.
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What People are saying about this
Planning for death is part of life. Everyone who cares about their family and wants to make informed choices about end-of-life care should read this book.
Michael J. Klag, M.D., M.P.H., Dean, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
The Better End is long overdue. It provides practical advice about preparing for the end of our lives and the lives of our loved ones. Over the years of neurosurgical practice, I have seen so many families that could have benefitted greatly from this book. I hope it will be widely read.
Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D., Johns Hopkins Children's Center and Medical Institutions
Possibly my parents’ most important gift to me was the living will they prepared. In this book Dan Morhaim tells us how to prepare ourselves and our loved ones. I plan to give a copy to my children.
Wendell Potter, author of Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans
Dan Morhaim’s message is a must read for anyone who is facing end-of-life crisis issues and concerns, whether it be for themselves or for a family member or loved one. When so many others shun away from the topic, Dan Morhaim addresses the situation with clarity, insight, and sensitivity.
Meet the Author
Dan Morhaim, M.D., is an adjunct professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Deputy Majority Leader of the Maryland House of Delegates. He is board certified in emergency medicine and internal medicine.
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