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作       者:Butler, Katy

出  版  社:Scribner

出版时间:2013-09-10

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In this visionary memoir, based on a groundbreaking New York Times Magazine story, award-winning journalist Katy Butler ponders her parents’ desires for “Good Deaths” and the forces within medicine that stood in the way.Katy Butler was living thousands of miles from her vigorous and self-reliant parents when the call came: a crippling stroke had left her proud seventy-nine-year-old father unable to fasten a belt or complete a sentence. Tragedy at first drew the family closer: her mother devoted herself to caregiving, and Butler joined the twenty-four million Americans helping shepherd parents through their final declines. Then doctors outfitted her father with a pacemaker, keeping his heart going but doing nothing to prevent his six-year slide into dementia, near-blindness, and misery. When he told his exhausted wife, “I’m living too long,” mother and daughter were forced to confront a series of wrenching moral questions. When does death stop being a curse and become a blessing? Where is the line between saving a life and prolonging a dying? When do you say to a doctor, “Let my loved one go?” When doctors refused to disable the pacemaker, condemning her father to a prolonged and agonizing death, Butler set out to understand why. Her quest had barely begun when her mother took another path. Faced with her own grave illness, she rebelled against her doctors, refused open-heart surgery, and met death head-on. With a reporter’s skill and a daughter’s love, Butler explores what happens when our terror of death collides with the technological imperatives of medicine. Her provocative thesis is that modern medicine, in its pursuit of maximum longevity, often creates more suffering than it prevents. This revolutionary blend of memoir and investigative reporting lays bare the tangled web of technology, medicine, and commerce that dying has become. And it chronicles the rise of Slow Medicine, a new movement trying to reclaim the “Good Deaths” our ancestors prized. Knocking on Heaven’s Door is a map through the labyrinth of a broken medical system. It will inspire the difficult conversations we need to have with loved ones as it illuminates the path to a better way of death.
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Cover

Dedication

Epigraph

Prologue

Part I: The Stroke

Chapter 1: Along Came a Blackbird

Chapter 2: A Year of Grace

Chapter 3: Rites of Passage

Part II: Fast Medicine

Chapter 4: The Tyranny of Hope

Chapter 5: Inventing Lifesaving and Transforming Death

Chapter 6: My Father’s Open Heart

Part III: Ordeal

Chapter 7: Not Getting Better

Chapter 8: Dharma Sisters

Chapter 9: Broke-down Palace

Chapter 10: White Water

Part IV: Rebellion

Chapter 11: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Chapter 12: The Business of Lifesaving

Chapter 13: Deactivation

Part V: Acceptance

Chapter 14: The Art of Dying

Chapter 15: Afterward

Part VI: Grace

Chapter 16: Valerie Makes Up Her Mind

Chapter 17: Old Plum Tree Bent and Gnarled

Part VII: Into the Light

Chapter 18: A Better Way of Death

Chapter 19: A Map through the Labyrinth

Chapter 20: Notes for a New Art of Dying

Author’s Note

Acknowledgments

Permissions and Credits

‘The Art of Dying Well’ Teaser

Reading Group Guide

About Katy Butler

Notes

Bibliography

Copyright

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