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Author McNamara, Beverley.

Title Fragile lives : death, dying and care / Beverley McNamara
Published Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2001


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 MELB  306.90994 Mcn/Fld  AVAILABLE
Description viii, 165 pages ; 22 cm
regular print
Contents 1: Life in the face of death -- 2: Thoughts about facing death -- 3: The cancer story -- 4: Constructions of a good death -- 5: How we die: The uncertain worlds of terminally ill people -- 6: Medicine's affair with death -- 7: Speaking the 'truth' about dying -- 8: Patient autonomy and professional control -- 9: The rewards and costs of caring -- 10: Palliation: Masking pain or masking death?
Summary Death is inevitable, yet we often behave as if we will live forever. So when we meet someone who is dying, their fragility is a sharp and often unwelcome reminder of our own mortality. How does this affect the way in which individuals, health professionals and social institutions deal with death and dying? Beverley McNamara looks at death from a sociological perspective. Arguing that despite popular belief death does not make us equal, she shows that dying is a chaotic and uncertain process. Yet despite the disorderly manner in which people die, McNamara demonstrates that social and cultural patterns can be found in the way we approach dying and the care of terminally ill people. She examines the medicalisation of care for the dying, attitudes of carers and the notion of the 'good death'. She also explores the euthanasia debate and our fear of cancer. Drawing on wide-ranging qualitative research, "Fragile Lives" is a sensitive analysis of the social issues surrounding death
Analysis Australia overseas comparisons
Case studies
Terminal care
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 144-158
Notes Also published as an electronic book (Etitle) by James Bennett Pty. Ltd., in 2003 with ISBN 1741150663
Subject Death -- Social aspects -- Australia.
Terminal care.
Terminally ill -- Australia.
Terminal Care.
Terminally Ill.
Author James Bennett Pty. Ltd
LC no. 2001347910
ISBN 1741150663 (electronic bk.)
1864485639 (paperback)