The Study of Dying: From Autonomy to Transformation

The Study of Dying: From Autonomy to Transformation

by Allan Kellehear
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521517672

ISBN-13: 9780521517676

Pub. Date: 12/31/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

"What is it really like to die? Though our understanding about the biology of dying is complex and incomplete, greater complexity and diversity can be found in the study of what human beings encounter socially, psychologically and spiritually during the experience. Contributors from disciplines as diverse as social and behavioural studies, medicine, demography,

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"What is it really like to die? Though our understanding about the biology of dying is complex and incomplete, greater complexity and diversity can be found in the study of what human beings encounter socially, psychologically and spiritually during the experience. Contributors from disciplines as diverse as social and behavioural studies, medicine, demography, history, philosophy, art, literature, popular culture and religion examine the process of dying through the lens of both animal and human studies. Despite common fears to the contrary, dying is not simply an awful journey of illness and decline; cultural influences, social circumstances, personal choice and the search for meaning are all crucial in shaping personal experiences." This volume will be of interest to clinicians, professionals, academics and students of death, dying and end-of-life care, and anyone curious about the human confrontation with mortality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521517676
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2009
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

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1 What the social and behavioural studies say about dying Allan Kellehear Kellehear, Allan 1

2 The dying animal: a perspective from veterinary medicine Siri K. Knudsen Knudsen, Siri K. 27

3 The dying human: a perspective from biomedicine Marie-Aurelie Bruno Bruno, Marie-Aurelie Didier Ledoux Ledoux, Didier Steven Laureys Laureys, Steven 51

4 The dying human: a perspective from palliative medicine Michael Ashby Ashby, Michael 76

5 The demography of dying Glennys Howarth Howarth, Glennys 99

6 Historical approaches to dying Julie-Marie Strange Strange, Julie-Marie 123

7 Dying and philosophy Geoffrey Scarre Scarre, Geoffrey 147

8 The art of dying Clare Gittings Gittings, Clare 163

9 Dying in Western literature John Skelton Skelton, John 188

10 Cinematic visions of dying Fran McInerney McInerney, Fran 211

11 Dying in the Judaeo-Christian tradition Douglas Davies Davies, Douglas 233

12 Near-death experiences and deathbed visions Bruce Greyson Greyson, Bruce 253

Index 276

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