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Description - Life And Death On Your Own Terms by Lofty L. Basta

This insightful, compassionate, and lucidly written handbook by a world-renowned cardiologist is also a personal testimonial by a surviving cancer patient and an informative guide to end-of-life issues. Dr Basta relies on his medical expertise and first-hand experience with a life-threatening illness to critique our death-denying, technologically obsessed culture, and gives patients the means to take control of their final days. He underscores that physicians, the public, and society as a whole must come to terms with the unalterable truth that life is finite and that medical intervention beyond a certain point only prolongs suffering. When a cure or hope of a better life ceases to be achievable, he urges comprehensive palliative care, which attends to the patient's physical comfort, emotional reassurance, and spiritual encouragement.To ensure that patients are empowered to provide for their final needs, he provides a revolutionary, clear, simple, and medical-scenario-specific Advance Care Plan, which gives each of us the opportunity to execute all-important life-and-death decisions before we are afflicted with a serious health problem and before decisions are irrevocable. In sum, this book is a tribute to the highly treasured doctor-patient relationship. Readers who feel that doctors have lost touch with the patient's perspective will welcome Dr Basta's empathy and caring tone.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781573929189
ISBN-10: 1573929182
Format: Hardback
Pages: 364
Imprint: Prometheus Books
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publish Date: 1-May-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Lofty L. Basta

L. L. Basta, M.D. (Clearwater, FL), is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of South Florida and a cardiologist with Clearwater Cardiovascular and Interventional Consultants