Knocking on Heaven's Door

Knocking on Heaven's Door

The Path to A Better Way of Death

Large Print - 2013
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"After doctors refused to disable the pacemaker that helped her aged, stroke-damaged father's heart to outlive his brain, award-winning science writer Katy Butler set out to understand why modern medicine was prolonging his final misery. Her quest had barely begun when her mother rebelled against her doctors, refused open-heart surgery, and insisted on meeting death the old-fashioned way: head-on. Knocking on Heaven's Door is the fruit of the Butler family's journey and a map through the labyrinth of modern dying."--Back cover
Publisher: Detroit : Thorndike Press/Gale Cengage Learning, 2013
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410463234
Branch Call Number: LP 616.029 Butl
Characteristics: 519 p. (large print) : ill. ; 23 cm


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You can read this as a sort of post-script to Kalanithi's memoir. Science writer Katy Butler, after facing some incredibly difficult medical decisions regarding her aging parents, takes a broader look at the way modern medicine can make death the last humane act.

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Feb 27, 2015

A must read for seniors, too, or
for anyone contemplating pace maker insertion. Living a long life is great as long as one is healthy and can maintain that life independently.

Jun 14, 2014

when specialists focus their cures on all the separate body parts, the heart, the lungs, the other essential organs, no one 's taking care of the soul, which is what the patient, and loved ones, would've wanted, and the consequences are devastating, this book is a plea for, rather than temporary cures, compassion

Jane60201 May 06, 2014

A very worthwhile book for anyone who is aging or with aging parents. As a medical social worker I knew all this stuff, but most people don't.

KCLSLibrarians Jan 15, 2014

This is a MUST read for anyone dealing with an aging parent. Butler provides very personal insights and often hard to hear truths about our current medical, ethical, and moral dilemmas as we face the question of ‘what to do about Dad?’ Useful, timely, and thought provoking, this book will help inform all of your end of life decisions, including and perhaps most importantly, your own. Also available on CD narrated by the author

Dec 27, 2013

I wish this book was available for Kindle. Even the large print is too small.

Sep 29, 2013

Should be mandatory reading for anyone with a parent over the age of 70. Although told within the context of the US medical system (for profit, no universal care) the issues facing families as parents age are the same around the developed world.


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MaxineML Jan 08, 2014

On an autumn day in 2007, while I was visiting from California, my mother made a request I both dreaded and longed to fulfill.


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