Facing Death: Where Culture, Religion, and Medicine Meet, الجزء 4

الغلاف الأمامي
Howard Marget Spiro, Mary G. McCrea Curnen, Lee Palmer Wandel
Yale University Press, 01‏/10‏/1998 - 212 من الصفحات
We have learned a great deal in recent years about keeping death at bay through medical technology. We are less well informed, however, about how to face death and how to understand or articulate the emotional and spiritual needs of the dying. This profound and eloquent book brings together medical experts and distinguished authorities in the humanities to reflect on medical, cultural, and religious responses to death. The book helps both medical personnel and patients to view death less as an adversary and more as a defining part of life.

In the first half of the book, physicians and the founder of Connecticut Hospice discuss the current clinical setting for dying, with attempts to find the balance between alleviating suffering and providing life support, the problem of finding a peaceful death, and the differences the AIDS epidemic has made in our attitudes toward dying. In the second half of the book, theologians, historians of religion, anthropologists, literary scholars, and pastors describe Christian, Judaic, Islamic, Hindu, and Chinese perceptions of death and rituals of mourning. An epilogue considers the resonances between medicine and the humanities, as well as the essential differences in their approaches to death.
 

المحتوى

INTRODUCTION
19
A Clinicians Reflections
33
Thoughts on Euthanasia and Physician
44
Learning to Care for the Dying
52
Thoughts on Witnessing Death
60
The Changing Face of Death in Children
66
When Children Mourn a Loved One
77
CHAPTER IO Caring for Those Who Die in Old Age
90
INTRODUCTION III
111
The Art of Dying in Hindu India
121
Reflections on Mortality from a Jewish
129
CHAPTER IS Catholic Theologys Main Thoughts
137
The Meaning of Death in Islam
148
Notes
160
Bearing the Spirit Home
180
William J Bouwsma Ph D
199

Living in the Maelstrom
103

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