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33 Meditations on Death : Notes from the Wrong End of Medicine

Jarrett, David
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd (Doubleday)
Published: April 16, 2020
ISBN: 9780857526946
304 pages, a few b/w graphs

£14.99

What is a good death? How would you choose to live your last few months? How do we best care for the rising tide of very elderly? This unusual and important book is a series of reflections on death in all its forms: the science of it, the medicine, the tragedy and the comedy. Dr David Jarrett draws on family stories and case histories from his thirty years of treating the old, demented and frail to try to find his own understanding of the end. And he writes about all the conversations that we, our parents, our children, the medical community, our government and society as a whole should be having. Profound, provocative, strangely funny and astonishingly compelling, it is an impassioned plea that we start talking frankly and openly about death. And it is a call to arms for us to make radical changes to our perspective on ‘the seventh age of man’.

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