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Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death
 
 
Author
Katy Butler.
Publisher Scribner  
Format hardcover, First Edition, Signed Bookplate
ISBN 9781451641974
Pages/Publication Date 322/2013
Daedalus Item Code 38806
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(First Edition, Signed Bookplate) In one of the most talked-about books of the year, Katy Butler—a science writer as well as a lay-ordained Buddhist—here expands her 2010 New York Times Magazine article "What Broke My Father's Heart: How a Pacemaker Wrecked a Family's Life," which won top awards from the National Association of Science Writers and the Association of Health Care Journalists. When does death stop being a curse and become a blessing? Where is the line between saving a life and prolonging a dying? And why does modern medicine deny individuals and families the right to make those choices? Five years after retired Wesleyan University professor Jeffrey Butler suffered a debilitating stroke, Katy Butler faced the reality that the father she had so admired was living in anguish as his mind succumbed to dementia but his pacemaker kept his body living on. Meanwhile her mother—a successful portrait photographer and illustrator, and still "lucid and bright as a sword point"—was sacrificing every day of her remaining life as her father's full-time caregiver. Butler traces the tangled web of technology, medicine, and commerce that dying has become, and chronicles the rise of Slow Medicine—a movement that promotes care over cure—in the effort to reclaim the "good deaths" that our ancestors prized.

"[An] unflinching look at America's tendency to overtreat [that] makes a strong case for the 'slow medicine' movement, which recognizes that 'dying can be postponed, but aging cannot be cured'."—Mother Jones

"This is a book so honest, so insightful and so achingly beautiful that its poetic essence transcends even the anguished story that it tells. Katy Butler's perceptive intellect has probed deeply, and seen into the many troubling aspects of our nation's inability to deal with the reality of dying in the 21st century: emotional, spiritual, medical, financial, social, historical and even political."—Sherwin B. Nuland

 
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