Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life

Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life

by Jessica Nutik Zitter M.D.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101982556
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/21/2017
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 165,062
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jessica Nutik Zitter, M.D., MPH, is an expert on the medical experience of death and dying. She attended Stanford University and Case Western Reserve Medical School, and completed her residency in internal medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She was a fellow in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of California San Francisco. Zitter is double-boarded in the two specialties of pulmonary/critical care medicine and palliative care medicine—a rare combination. She writes for The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Pacific Standard, The Atlantic, and Journal of Palliative Medicine, and is featured in Extremis, an Oscar-nominated Netflix documentary about end-of-life decision-making in an ICU.

Table of Contents

Prefatory Note xiii

Chapter 1 Alone in the Trenches 1

Chapter 2 The End-of-Life Conveyor Belt 19

Chapter 3 Abandoned in a Sea of Options 64

Chapter 4 The Illusion Collusion 103

Chapter 5 Where We Come From 147

Chapter 6 Who We Are 182

Chapter 7 The Personal Toll 208

Chapter 8 Sharing the Journey 233

Epilogue 279

Appendix 1 A Way Forward 289

Appendix 2 Avoiding Unnecessary Suffering 298

Resources 309

Notes 312

Acknowledgments 325

Index 328

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