Embracing Our Mortality by Lawrence Schneiderman
Hard Choices in an Age of Medical Miracles

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While surveys show that most of us would prefer to die at home, 80% of us will die in a health care facility, many hooked up to machines and faced with tough decisions. When you, a family member, or a friend are in this situation, what should you do next? In Embracing Our Mortality, Dr. Lawrence J. Schneiderman, a physician who is our leading expert on medical ethics at the end of life, urges all of us, including health care professionals caring for people at the end of life, to face these decisions with sensitivity and realism informed by both the latest medical evidence as well as the oldest humanistic visions. Dr. Schneiderman vividly demonstrates the wisdom of this approach by interweaving true stories of his patients, current empirical research in care at the end of life, displays of the power of empathy and imagination as embodied in the work of writers like Tolstoy and Chekov, and examples of how the distortion of medical research by media, and its misunderstanding even by health care professionals, cloud the ability to think, feel, and decide clearly about mortal concerns. He ends by addressing the question implicit in all of this which is how to achieve a just and universal health care. Dr. Schneiderman proves a refreshingly honest, astringent, and life-affirming guide to thinking about the choices that we or people we love will face when we dienot if, as the technological imperatives of modern medicine can suggestand to making decisions at the end of life that respect all that has preceded it.
 

About Lawrence Schneiderman

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L. J. Schneiderman is an emeritus professor at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, where he founded the family medicine residency program. He is also the founding co-chair of the UCSD Medical Center Ethics Committee. Born in New York City, Schneiderman holds a BA in English literature from Yale University and an MD from Harvard Medical School. He is a recipient of the Pellegrino Medal in medical ethics and has served as a visiting scholar and professor at institutions throughout the United States and abroad. He has published numerous medical and scientific publications and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his short stories. He is also the author of the novel "Sea Nymphs by the Hour", as well as several award-winning full-length and one-act plays. Schneiderman currently lives in Del Mar, California.
 
Published January 14, 2008 by Oxford University Press, USA. 232 pages
Genres: Self Help, Professional & Technical, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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