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Modern Death

Modern Death
How Medicine Changed the End of Life
Haider Warraich
Price: £
10.99
  • Paperback
Published: 
8 Mar 2018
ISBN: 
9780715652794
Pages: 
336
Genre: 
  • Popular Science
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The extraordinary investigation into our relationship with death from ancient burial grounds to dying in the modern medical-industrial complex.

Nothing is more certain in life than death. Yet recent advances in medicine and technology have dramatically increased our life expectancy, and everything about when, where, how and why we die has changed. The result is that dying is today a more prolonged and harrowing experience than ever before.

In Modern Death, the physician and clinical researcher Haider Warraich draws on his expert personal experience as well as on history, culture, theology and legal theory, to tackle important ethical questions that go right to the heart of what it is to be human. He reveals what dying really means in today’s medical industrial complex, discusses the ethics of patient proxies, living wills and the right to die, and argues in favour of giving terminally ill patients the right to physician-assisted death.

Written by an insightful, new voice in the conversation about death and dying, Modern Death is a heartfelt and inspiring book offering an unabashedly honest perspective, exploring how we can and must do better by the ones we love.

Reviews

‘I devoured it in one sitting... I've never had a better time reading a book about death’ Katy Butler, New York Times bestselling author of Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death

‘A much-needed exploration of this treacherous territory’ Danielle Ofri, author of What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear

‘Elegant and poignant… takes us on an unforgettable journey and gives us remarkable insights about the changing nature of modern death’ Siddhartha Mukherjee, bestselling author of The Gene 

‘Sensitively grapples with the changing cultural landscape surrounding the end of life… filled with compassionate accounts of the different ways he has witnessed people meet death in the modern age’ Scientific American

Supplements medical history with tales from the life-death border that are disturbing, bewildering, and inspiring’ Psychology Today

Melding the curiosity of a historian, the discernment of a physician, and the soulfulness of a poet, Warraich provides us a stunning portrait of death in our moment’ Dr Rafael Campo, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

A rich book… examining everything from the death of a cell to the impact of death on society’ Nature

'Dr. Haider Warraich has written an extraordinarily informative and reflective book, deftly balancing historical facts, statistics, humanism and masterful story telling...It is a gem, one I shall treasure and share with many' Sanjiv Chopra, Bestselling Author of Live Better, Live Longer

Haider Warraich

About Haider Warraich

Haider Warraich is an expert on healthcare and health policy and has contributed to the Guardian, BBC Radio, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe and Atlantic among others. He finished his internal medicine training at Harvard Medical School and is now a Fellow in Cardiovascular Medicine at Duke University. His recent articles on death and health policy for the Guardian, Atlantic, and New York Times are featured on his website: https://scholar.harvard.edu/haiderwarraich/links

Modern Death

Modern Death
How Medicine Changed the End of Life
Haider Warraich
Price: £
20.00
  • Hardback
Published: 
27 Jul 2017
ISBN: 
9780715652398
Pages: 
336
Genre: 
  • Popular Science
Available from:

The extraordinary investigation into our relationship with death from ancient burial grounds to dying in the modern medical-industrial complex

The deaths we die cannot be truly modern until we start having calm, educated conversations about it in classrooms, bars, restaurants and, of course, in the clinic.

There is nothing more certain in life than death. But the mechanics and our understanding of dying have changed drastically: scientific advances have dramatically increased life expectancy, leading many of us to become detached from the reality of being mortal. Even the very ethos of death has changed. In Modern Death, Warraich explores the process, rituals and language of dying, and reveals how modern technology has changed not only how, when and where we die, but also what death means to us.

As a physician and clinical researcher, Warraich knows the business of dying better than most. Using personal experience, literature, theology and legal theory, he reveals that dying is now a more harrowing and prolonged process than ever before, arguing that society has to do more to guarantee patients a ‘good’ death. He also discusses the ethics of patient proxies, living wills and the right to die – all firmly at the core of the debate today, as an overwhelming majority succumb to heart disease and cancer in hospitals and nursing homes.

Warraich is a young and brilliant new voice in the conversation about death and dying, and Modern Death is a heartfelt, insightful and unabashedly honest book about death and how we can do better by the ones we love.

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Reviews

‘I devoured it in one sitting... I've never had a better time reading a book about death’ Katy Butler, New York Times bestselling author of Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death

‘A much-needed exploration of this treacherous territory’ Danielle Ofri, author of What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear

‘Elegant and poignant… takes us on an unforgettable journey and gives us remarkable insights about the changing nature of modern death’ Siddhartha Mukherjee, bestselling author of The Gene 

‘Sensitively grapples with the changing cultural landscape surrounding the end of life… filled with compassionate accounts of the different ways he has witnessed people meet death in the modern age’ Scientific American

Supplements medical history with tales from the life-death border that are disturbing, bewildering, and inspiring’ Psychology Today

Melding the curiosity of a historian, the discernment of a physician, and the soulfulness of a poet, Warraich provides us a stunning portrait of death in our moment’ Dr Rafael Campo, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

A rich book… examining everything from the death of a cell to the impact of death on society’ Nature

'Dr. Haider Warraich has written an extraordinarily informative and reflective book, deftly balancing historical facts, statistics, humanism and masterful story telling...It is a gem, one I shall treasure and share with many' Sanjiv Chopra, Bestselling Author of Live Better, Live Longer

Haider Warraich

About Haider Warraich

Haider Warraich is an expert on healthcare and health policy and has contributed to the Guardian, BBC Radio, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe and Atlantic among others. He finished his internal medicine training at Harvard Medical School and is now a Fellow in Cardiovascular Medicine at Duke University. His recent articles on death and health policy for the Guardian, Atlantic, and New York Times are featured on his website: https://scholar.harvard.edu/haiderwarraich/links