A Life Worth Living

A Life Worth Living

A Doctor's Reflections on Illness in A High-tech Era

Book - 2008
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Robert Martensen, a physician, historian, and ethicist, draws on decades of experience with patients and friends to explore the life cycle of serious illness, from diagnosis to end of life. He connects personal stories with reflections upon mortality, human agency, and the value of "cutting-edge" technology in caring for the critically ill. Timely questions emerge: To what extent should efforts to extend human life be made? What is the value of nontraditional medical treatment? How has the American health-care system affected treatment of the critically ill? And finally, what are our doctors' responsibilities to us as patients, and where do those responsibilities end? Using poignant case studies, Martensen demonstrates how we and our loved ones can maintain dignity and resilience in the face of life's most daunting circumstances.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374266660
0374266662
Characteristics: xiii, 220 p. ; 22 cm

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Dec 10, 2014

This is a GREAT book for readers who can tolerate the author's frank yet compassionate views of critical illness and pending death within the U.S. medical systems of the 21st century. Informative and thought-provoking, with an index and reference notes for further self-education.

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