And A Time to Die

And A Time to Die

How American Hospitals Shape the End of Life

Book - 2005
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Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2005.
ISBN: 9780226426853
Characteristics: x, 400 p. : 24 cm.
Alternative Title: Time to die


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Feb 25, 2014

Sharon Kaufman spent two years in multiple American hospitals studying critically ill patients, their families and the medical teams, focusing on end of life scenarios. She is an anthropologist, and if you are someone from a more "hard-science" background (where evidence is based on proofs or RCTs or similar) then I would suggest that you read Appendix A first, because she discusses how anthropologists study things and the limitations of their work. I read it after I finished all the chapters, and think that I would have been able to appreciate the book more without internally fighting over some points she makes. That said, it seems to be a well-researched and articulate book. It's not dry and can be hard to put down. I don't agree with all of her conclusions, but it is still thought-provoking and worth a read.


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