This graph is for informational purposes only. Having just lost someone close to me, I have had to challenge my own beliefs about death, and how distorted my ideal was, based on the rare but stereotype of the ideal “Hollywood” death, where the person closes their eyes and dies peacefully surrounded by loved ones. The intimacy of death means it can never be reduced to a few variables on an app to decide who should receive what sort of medical treatment and an ageing population requires society to change if the old are to be treated with dignity and society enriched by their contribution instead of shamed by the manner of their passing. Democracy and the Rise of the Strongman. Dear Life is a landmark essay by one of Australia’s most powerful writers. My dad made an advanced health directive to die at home with minimal intervention.
Who grants them entry to the institution and decides which bed, which ward, they end up in and which doctors will care for them? There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This specialisation contributed greatly to our knowledge of the workings of the human body, and to our knowledge of disease; it led to medical marvels such as organ transplantation. Seems obvious, but after having read this essay, clearly it’s a step which is still often ignored. Jul 05, Jill rated it really liked it Shelves: As much as our natural instinct may be to avert our gaze from death, to push it from our minds at every opportunity, this essay is inspirational and aspirational in its scope. A person may have only 6 months of bedridden life left, but who is to say that won’t be one of the most fulfilling and importa An excellent article.
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There are no reviews for this product. Cardiologists, respiratory physicians, neurologists, nephrologists and endocrinologists gradually replaced the generalist physician.
In this moving and controversial Quarterly Essay, doctor and writer Karen Hitchcock investigates the treatment of the elderly and dying through some unforgettable cases. A patient may have pneumonia that has stressed their heart, which fssay in turn affected their kidney and liver function. Maybe, maybe not, but this sort of expenditure is far more valuable for society than massive funding of defence, tools of war and kareb bloated and counter-productive “war on terrorism”.
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Nov 06, Nae rated it it was amazing. Description In this moving and controversial Quarterly Essay, doctor and writer Karen Hitchcock investigates the treatment of the elderly and dying through some unforgettable cases. The single most important aspect of care is to have clinicians who want to look after this cohort. Return to Book Qiarterly.
We must ddar for a future when more of us will be old, Hitchcock argues, with the aim of making that time better, not shorter. Due to incomprehensible institutional requirements and service fragmentation, upon discharge back to a nursing home, patients have to continue their pre-hospital medications sometimes the cause of their hospitalisation in the first place until a GP visits the edar, perhaps days later.
Moreover, she is a sharp writer, as readers of her regular column in The Monthly will attest. It is one of many reasons why I am very seriously considering a career in public health, as a matter of fact.
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So who does feed our patients? We will all become old if we’re luckyand that is something to celebrate, not bemoan. Doctors may declare a situation hopeless when it may not be so.
Quarterly Essay Dear Life: On Caring for the Elderly – Karen Hitchcock – Google Books
A most excellent book, and one every person should read preferrably before middle age. With honesty and deep experience, she looks at end-of-life decisions, frailty and dementia, over-treatment and escalating costs.
We’re here to help. No eBook available Amazon. To do well, patients need to eat, move and remain mentally active in hospital — three things the hospital environment specifically hinders. It is not a pretty sight. The House of God is both horror story and black comedy. Ours is a society in which ageism, often disguised, threatens to turn the elderly into a ‘burden’ – difficult, hopeless, expensive and homogenous.
There were not many young general physicians. And we must change our institutions and society to meet the needs of an ageing population. It seems clear that one of the simplest first steps that can be made in order to improve the current treatment of the elderly, is to proceed based on the recent history, wishes, and ailments of the patient, rather than immediately opting for palliation out of convenience to the hospital or simply as a matter of habit.
Dear Life is a landmark essay by one of Australia’s most powerful writers.
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You know the kind of guys: It is highly recommended to all those who hold life dear, and especially to those daer professional lives are devoted to helping us through illness and death with dignity. Want to Read saving…. And then reminds us that we too will one day be the elderly. We must plan for a future when more of us will be old, Hitchcock argues, with the aim of making that time better, not shorter.
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