The Resource The troubled dream of life : Living with mortality, Daniel Callahan

The troubled dream of life : Living with mortality, Daniel Callahan

Label
The troubled dream of life : Living with mortality
Title
The troubled dream of life
Title remainder
Living with mortality
Statement of responsibility
Daniel Callahan
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Why, despite so many reform efforts, has death remained acutely troubling in our common life? Why has modern medicine remained so ambivalent, so torn, in its stance toward death? And most important, why has it become so hard for most of us to understand the place of death in our own lives and self-conception, and to know how to pursue a peaceful death?" "By exploring his own life and the lives and deaths of loved ones, by sharing his own emotions and the experiences of others, Daniel Callahan sets the framework for a more complete interpretation and understanding of mortality. He argues that by turning medical decisions into one more civil liberties issue - "my right to choose my own ending"--We have unwittingly distanced ourselves from a far more basic question: What should be the meaning of death in our lives? We cannot constructively talk about "a death with dignity" without thinking about death itself - and that is just what we have become reluctant to do." "Modern medicine has discovered a vast array of new and often radical cures for saving and lengthening lives, wagering that death can be forestalled and, one by one, its causes eliminated. As a result, medicine has come to treat death as an avoidable accident. With challenging ideas and great sensitivity, Callahan contends that modern medicine must redefine its understanding of the relationship between life and death." "The needed shift in the medical perspective must be matched by a change in the way we think about death in our own lives. By emphasizing the importance of self-knowledge and a better understanding of the place of death in nature, Callahan proposes fresh and insightful ways of living with mortality. Weaving together his personal insights and stories with the great debates now taking place about euthanasia, assisted suicide, and our choices about dying. Daniel Callahan moves the controversies about death and dying to a deeper, richer level."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1930-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Callahan, Daniel
Dewey number
174/.24
Index
index present
LC call number
R726.8
LC item number
.C34 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 1993 B-054
  • WB 310
NLM item number
C156t 1993
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Death
  • Terminal care
  • Attitude to Death
  • Terminal Care
Label
The troubled dream of life : Living with mortality, Daniel Callahan
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 232-246) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Living with the Mortal Self
  • Ch. 5.
  • Nature, Death, and Meaning: Shaping Our End
  • Ch. 6.
  • Pursuing a Peaceful Death
  • Ch. 7.
  • Watching and Waiting
  • Introduction: Can Death Be Shaped to Our Own Ends?
  • Ch. 1.
  • First Illusion: Mastering Our Medical Choices
  • Ch. 2.
  • Stripping Death Bare: The Recovery of Nature
  • Ch. 3.
  • Last Illusion: Regulating Euthanasia
  • Ch. 4.
Control code
ocm26974914
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
255 pages
Isbn
9780671708306
Lccn
92040448
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)26974914
Label
The troubled dream of life : Living with mortality, Daniel Callahan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 232-246) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Living with the Mortal Self
  • Ch. 5.
  • Nature, Death, and Meaning: Shaping Our End
  • Ch. 6.
  • Pursuing a Peaceful Death
  • Ch. 7.
  • Watching and Waiting
  • Introduction: Can Death Be Shaped to Our Own Ends?
  • Ch. 1.
  • First Illusion: Mastering Our Medical Choices
  • Ch. 2.
  • Stripping Death Bare: The Recovery of Nature
  • Ch. 3.
  • Last Illusion: Regulating Euthanasia
  • Ch. 4.
Control code
ocm26974914
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
255 pages
Isbn
9780671708306
Lccn
92040448
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)26974914

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