To Do No Harm

Learning to Care for the Seriously Ill
Prometheus Books (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 1. April 1999
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 162 Seiten
978-1-57392-667-6 (ISBN)
A topic considered taboo since the Victorian Age--how we die--is now a subject of open discussion, theological pronouncement, ethical argument, and legislative debate. There are many opinions about choices offered and actions taken. Morality; professional duty and responsibility; costs in money, time, and resources; the harsh realities of suffering, pain, and sorrow - these various factors influence our prejudices, expectations, and decisions about ourselves and those for whom we accept the final responsibility of care and, often, of decisions about living and dying.
This book is a study of the ways persons experience serious and life-threatening illnesses, the types of suffering they experience, and ways we can understand their lives. Mermann describes a course at the Yale School of Medicine that uses patients as teachers for students, helping them learn the impact of disease upon the whole person. He covers suffering in body, mind, and spirit. The book also discusses the hopes and the means for a fully realized life for the professional health care provider through compassionate care of the sick.
  • Englisch
  • Amherst
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  • USA
  • Pappband
978-1-57392-667-6 (9781573926676)

Alan C. Mermann is currently Chaplain and Professor of Pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine. Mermann is a member of the Yale-New Haven Bioethics Committee, a chair of the Pediatric Ethics Committee, and a member of the Admissions Committee at Yale School of Medicine. He is also the author of Some Chose to Stay: Faith and Ethics in a Time of Plague, also published by Humanity Books.
Cultural and religious influences; suffering as loss; pain and suffering; an avalanche of feelings; the patient as a person; how to listen, how to talk; how do we face death?; what do patients want?; problems posed by dying persons.

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