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Living with dying: finding care and compassion at the end of life


Living with dying: finding care and compassion at the end of life

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    Margaret McCartney(Author)
"What kind of death do we want, where do we want it. Is death the enemy? No, sometimes, claims Margaret McCartney, it can be medicine itself. [Living with Dying] is a fabulous, elegant book an absolute five-star must read."Roy Lilley

"An extremely sensible book, reflecting on the balance between what can and what should be done at the end of life. I would recommend it highly."Nick Hopkinson

"A brilliant thought-provoking read."Jane Brocksom

Our ageing population is a modern success story, and success brings problems. The new demographic is for people to die in old age, or extreme old age, but with multiple illnesses and diagnoses, and on a cocktail of medication. But where is the balance of medicine between curing and caring? Are we neglecting the wellbeing of the dying person in our desire to fight death at all costs?

Margaret McCartney, author of The Patient Paradox, takes a balanced look at the way we handle end of life care. She finds that medicine can harm as well as help, and that non-medical interventions can sometimes be more effective. She argues for a more compassionate and humane approach to the care of the dying which puts the needs of the individual first.

Margaret McCartney is a GP in Glasgow, and has three children. She started writing for the press after being infuriated by an article in a newspaper which claimed that CT body screening was the way to stay well. Since then she has written for most UK newspapers, as well as the British Medical Journal (BMJ), other magazines such as Vogue and Prospect, has had columns in the Guardian and the FT Weekend, and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4's Inside Health. She has won prizes from the Medical Journalists Association and the European School of Oncology, as well as the Healthwatch award.

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  • PDF | 256 pages
  • Margaret McCartney(Author)
  • Pinter & Martin Ltd.; 1 edition (25 Nov. 2014)
  • English
  • 2
  • Health, Family & Lifestyle
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  • By Kindle Customer on 3 July 2015

    excellent book that should be required reading for everyone with a chronic health problem or is getting older - ie all of us! We need to take charge of how doctors care for us and be involved in decision making (I say that as a family doctor!) rather than leave it all to them. Everyone dies, why this relentless (it seems) focus on quantity at the expense of quality. There is a choice! We all need to think about how we want to die, tell our family, write an advance directive and appoint attorneys to make our decisions if we cannot. Read this book!

  • By Mr. Myles Murray on 29 April 2015

    A book that all health and care professionals should read with close attention. The same also for our politicians who determine the funding of our services and how these funds are allocated.All, repeat all, political parties declare their commitment to an efficient health service 'free at the point of use.'This commitment isn't readily seen when we are regaled almost weekly with tales of failures and neglect.Among the topics considered by Dr. McCartney areOur increasing elderly population; multiple health problems of the elderly leading to multiple diagnoses and medications; monetary awards to doctors for detecting pre-condition and risk in the expected, or hoped for, increase in 'Quality Years' of the elderly by prescribing ; possible side effects of things such as statins and alendronates; the relationship between health and care; training of care workers; nurse staffing levels in our hospitals (no national minimum standard.)Dr. McCartney very aptly illustrates her points with very moving case histories taken from both the U.K. and the U.S.A. The latter are not inappropriate since we are much influenced by American drugs and their uses.Despite occasional lapses in proof reading this is a wonderful book . Very highly recommended to the widest readership.Myles Murray.

  • By rowan13 on 1 March 2015

    This thought-provoking book is well-written and very moving.

  • By Smallandred on 19 September 2015

    Well written and explains the perspective of a GP (and other doctors) well. Great for doctors to read but I think also could be read by anyone with an interest as things are explained clearly. I already have an interest in Palliative Care but this has inspired me further.

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