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review Modern Death 103 Ø ➥ [Epub] ➟ Modern Death By Haider Warraich ➯ – Horticulturetrader.co.uk There is no universal truth in life than death No matter who you are it is certain that one day you will die but the mechanics and understanding of that experience will differ greatly in today’s mod There is no universal truth in life than dNguage of dying that have developed in the last century and how modern technology has not only changed the hows whens and wheres of death but the what of deathDelving into the vast body of research on the evolving nature of death Modern Death will provide readers with an enriched understanding of how death differs from the past what our ancestors got right and how trends and events have transformed this most final of human experienc. Two end of life emerged on my lengthy library reserve list at the same time Not pleasant reading but importantWhile MODERN DEATH is a sort of text book about death through the ages with discussions of cell death etc EXTREME MEASURES is of a handbook about what happens when one gets into the clutches of an ICU And it isn't prettyI thought it was especially telling that healthcare workers nurses doctors and others don't die the way members of the general public often do That's because healthcare workers avoid ventilators and extreme measures The author of EM even cites a nurse who had DO NOT INTUBATE tattooed on her chest More than a DNR is reuired to escape the extreme measures taken to preserve well not to preserve life but to preserve breathing and a beating heart even if useful brain function is gone foreverIn addition to a DNRDNI these often do not survive a patient's transfer from one facility to another people should have a POLST physician order for life sustaining treatment which has the force of law EM has many painful anecdotes and several pages of online resources such as polstorg and her own website jessicazittercom which are useful for informationMODERN DEATH is scholarly with many pages of bibliography Clearly the author did a ton of research but I found Zitter's book to be much practical and useful Except I hope I never need to read it again and that I and everyone I care about and for just fall asleep one night and never wake againThat's how it was with my mother She fell and ended up in an ICU with big mitts on her hands to prevent her from pulling out tubes etc I invoked hospice and got her out of there in a hurry and back to her own bed where she died five days later with my husband and me with her It was sad but it was peaceful

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There is no universal truth in life than death No matter who you are it is certain that one day you will die but the mechanics and understanding of that experience will differ greatly in today’s modern age Dr Haider Warraich is a young and brilliant new voice in the conversation about death and dying started by Dr Sherwin Nuland’s classic How We Die Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter and Atul Gawande’s recent sensation Bein. I wanted to write a comprehensive review but I don't think any review does justice to this excellent and well researched book Consider this lousy review the exact opposite of this wonderful and sobering book

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Modern DeathG Mortal Medicine and What Matters in the End Dr Warraich takes a broader look at how we die today from the cellular level up to the very definition of death itselfThe most basic aspects of dying the whys wheres whens and hows are almost nothing like what they were mere decades ago Beyond its ecology epidemiology and economics the very ethos of death has changed Modern Death Dr Warraich’s debut book will explore the rituals and la. Really 45 stars I have not read this in a discussion group but it's an important topic to talk about Because it also touches on the role of religion and spirituality on the definition of death and on assisted suicide it might spur some different viewpoints Besides which as the author and others have pointed out death has been removed from a natural part of life to the technological world of medicine and it needs to become normalized again so that we can talk about our preferencesThanks to reader Art included the following links in his review I copy them below in case Art’s review doesn’t come up when you search He also included Terry Gross’s interview with author Haider Warraich on Fresh Air which led me to this book“How Doctors Die It’s Not Like the Rest of Us But It Should Be” by Ken Murrayhttpwwwzocalopublicsuareorg201“When Evidence Says No But Doctors Say Yes” by David EpsteinhttpswwwpropublicaorgarticlewhThe articles discuss ineffective or futile treatment which relates to Modern Death How Medicine Changed the End of Life The author's conclusion is not for the better in most cases In earlier times in developed countries and in the developing countries today before medicine had advanced to its current state most people died suddenly or after a brief illness Their last days were spent in the homes of family members who cared for them Now most people die in hospitals hooked up to machines often in opposition to their expressed wishes The end of life has been transformed into a limbo of prolonged dyingWhy does this happen Insurance pays for it Patients and their families from hope or religious beliefs or lack of knowledge about the successes and risks of treatments often want to try anything and everything Physicians comply from fear of being sued or from unwillingness to talk with patients and their families about what treatment can realistically accomplish and the side effects it will cause For another thing the increasing sophistication of our tools has made it difficult to say exactly when death has occurred Machines can keep bodies breathing and their hearts beating when their brains will never function again; when life support is removed death usually soon follows Warraich talks about the cases of Karen Ann uinlan Nancy Cruzan and others Jahi McMath a 13 year old experienced brain death after elective surgery Though a court has declared her dead and her body continues to degrade she was transferred to a nursing facility and her body receives “life support” uotation marks by the author Critical by Tom Daschle about our health care system touches on the subject from a different perspective If the US had a body to set standards for what care is effective and what is wasted would so much useless treatment be administered at the end of life Warraich gives statistics for “an acute escalation of medical interventions” of doubtful utility near the end of life p 264A byproduct of our system of prolonged dying is the toll it takes on caregivers Warraich discusses the shortcomings of living wills and the strain on caregivers to make constant countless decisions about care or when the patient’s preferences are not known to figure out what the person would have wanted When there is than one family member there is the prospect of disagreement about what to do Warraich’s book covers similar territory to Being Mortal though concentrating on the very end of life and not the declining years Though not as elegant a writer as Gawande he does speak affectingly and from the heart These and other writings over the past few years urge us to demystify death and to talk with our families or potential surrogates about our preferences should they be called upon to make decisions for us about our care