Fragments on the Deathwatch

Fragments on the Deathwatch

by Louise Harmon


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Keeping vigil over the dying is an essential human practice with long cultural traditions and profound psychological benefits. Yet, as legal scholar Louise Harmon shows, the institutions of modern life-from hospitals to courtrooms-intrude on the practice. In this humane and lyrical book, Harmon looks at literature, philosophy, history, and autobiography as she delicately probes the taboos around discussion of death. She asks whether the law can recognize the needs of families and loved ones and protect the space of their grieving.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807041192
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 02/28/1999
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 5.95(w) x 8.95(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Louise Harmon is professor of law at Touro College, Huntington, New York, and coauthor with Deborah Ward Post of Cultivating Intelligence: Power, Law, and the Politics of Teaching. She lives in Huntington, New York.

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