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Author Kaufman, Sharon R.

Title --And a time to die : how American hospitals shape the end of life / Sharon R. Kaufman.

Publication Info. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2006.
Location Call No. Status
 Law Classified  R726.8 .K385 2006    AVAILABLE
Edition University of Chicago Press edition.
Description x, 400 pages ; 23 cm
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Type of Media unmediated n
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Note Originally published: New York : Scribner, c2005.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 371-390) and index.
Contents pt. 1. The predicament: death becomes a new kind of problem. Death and hospital culture -- Death in Life: The "person" and the experience of dying -- pt. 2. The hospital system: time and the power of the pathway. Transforming time: From Deathwatch to Billable Treatments -- Moving things along -- The heroic intervention pathway -- The paradox of resuscitation: approach/avoidance on the heroic pathway -- The revolving door pathway -- Waiting -- Obstructing the order of things -- "Let's wait and see": the indeterminate condition of old age -- Agreement and anticipation: watchful waiting -- pt. 3. The politics and rhetoric of the patient's condition: "suffering," "dignity," and "the quality of life". Death by design -- Life support -- Hidden places: the zone of indistinction as a way of life -- The specialized unit: routines without pathways, life with no end -- The shadow side of "death with dignity" -- Culture in the making.
Subject Terminal care -- United States.
Hospital care -- United States.
Death -- Social aspects -- United States.
ISBN 0226426858 paperback alkaline paper
9780226426853 paperback alkaline paper