Facing Death by Howard M. Spiro
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Facing Death
By Howard M. Spiro

Facing Death

Where Culture, Religion, and Medicine Meet New edition


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Facing Death by Howard M. Spiro

Book Awards

  • Winner of American Medical Writers Association Ralph A. Deterling Pyramid Distinction Award 1997.
  • Winner of Will Solimene Award for Excellence in Medical Communication 1997.

Book Description

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300076677
ISBN-10: 0300076673
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 13mm)
Pages: 236
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 12-Nov-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Doctors Afield by Howard M. Spiro Doctors Afield, Hardback (October 1999)

Examines the lives of 27 physicians (21 men and six women) who have combined the aim to heal with other pursuits such as art, writing, music or politics. Their testimonies illustrate the personal gratification and inspiration that can be gained from integrating medicine with another activity.

Power of Hope by Howard M. Spiro Power of Hope, Paperback (December 1998)

This study advocates a method of helping patients with a combination of alternative and mainstream medicine - a treatment of mind, body, and spirit that energizes patients. Spiro encourages physicians to talk and listen to their patients, and to employ alternative approaches.

Empathy and the Practice of Medicine by Howard M. Spiro Empathy and the Practice of Medicine, Paperback (March 1996)

Seeking to restore empathy to medical practice, this book aims to demonstrate how important it is for doctors to listen to their patients, to experience and to understand what their patients are feeling. The book is a collection of essays by physicians, philosophers and a nurse.

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