Taking Charge of the Last Stages of Life, Facing Death on your Own TermsBook - 2000
Let's face it, we're all going to die eventually. Dying, after all, is a part of natural life. Unfortunately, modern medicine has turned this natural process into an experience that is often traumatic and painful not only to patients, but also to their loved ones. According to Thomas A. Preston, M.D., a nationally respected patients' rights advocate, it doesn't have to be this way. "Read this book. Make use of what you learn. Pass it on." -- Robert Fulghum, author ofAll I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten InFinal Victory,Dr. Preston shows how you can take charge of life's end and set the stage for a peaceful, dignified death. He gives you invaluable information on the dying process, the limits of modern medicine, and what living wills can and cannot accomplish. He describes which treatments reduce suffering, which extend it, and how far doctors can legally go to reduce pain. You will discover how to accept a serious diagnosis, how to understand life-expectancy statistics, how to decide among treatment options, how to talk with your doctors and your loved ones, and how to take charge of the medical decisions that will profoundly affect you and those you will leave behind. Final Victorymay be the most important book you or a loved one will ever read.
Publisher: Roseville, CA : Forum, c2000
Characteristics: xx, 252 p. ; 23 cm