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“A fine book that will function as a guide to excellent care of the dying patient. It offers a wealth of accurate medical information, carefully developed rationales for care, and explanations of clinical usefulness.”—Daniel H. Winship, M.D., secretary, Council on Medical Education, American Medical Association


Care of the Dying Patient will fill an important niche in any physician’s library. Well written and extensively referenced.”—Allen B. Weisse, M.D., author of Lessons in Mortality: Doctors and Patients Struggling Together

About the Author

David A. Fleming, M.D., MA, FACP is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine and Director of the Center for Health Ethics at the University of Missouri School of Medicine and Governor of the Missouri Chapter of the American College of Physicians.

John C. Hagan III, M.D., is Editor of the journal Missouri Medicine and practices in Kansas City.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: University of Missouri; 1 edition (April 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826218903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826218902
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,049,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Advances in medical technology over the last half century have changed the way we die. Ventilators, parenteral nutrition, dialysis, and cardiac assist devices make it possible to replace the functions of vital organs. With such technology available, patients and physicians can no longer avoid decisions about how and when death should take place. Instead, most deaaths are orchestrated in one way or another and follow decisions by patients, physicians and family members to withhold or withdraw therapies that might prolong life and instead provide therapies that treat the symptoms that accompany the dying process. Physicians who care for dying patients need a new set of skills. They need to understand how to use drugs to relive the pain and suffereing that might be associated with the dying process. With skill, they can help patients to die with dignity and without distress.

Fleming and Hagan's book, Care of the Dying Patient, (University of Missouri Press, provides practical guidance for physiciaans who wish to become more skilled practitioners in this new doman of medicine. They have complied a practical and conscise compendium of writings that address medical, legal, psychological, spiritual, cultural and ethical issues in the care of the dying. Each chapter is written in clear, even breezy prose, and each chapter includes a useful bibliography.

Like many multi-authored books, the style of the chapters differs womewhat and there is some prpetition. Most readers, however, will not read this book from cover to cover but will dip into particular chapters in order to better understand one or another particular patient or aspect of end-of-life care.
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A wealth of knowledge! I was required to purchase this book for a thanatology course as I am studying to become a Pastoral Thanatologist and work with Hospice patients. This book was very informative!
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