Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness  -     By: Joanne Lynn
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Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness

Oxford University Press / 1999 / Paperback

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Handbook for Mortals is warmly addressed to all those who wish to approach the final years of life with greater awareness of what to expect and greater confidence about how to make the end of our lives a time of growth, comfort, and meaningful reflection. Written by Dr. Joanne Lynn and a team of expert physicians, this book provides equal measures of practical information and wise counsel. Readers will learn what decisions they will need to face, what choices are available to them, where to look for help, how to ease pain and other symptoms, what to expect with specific diseases, how the health-care system operates, and how the entire experience affects dying persons, their families, and their friends. Such practical information is indispensable. But equally important are the personal stories included here of how people have come to terms with dying, how they have faced their fears and made their choices. These give us moving firsthand insights into a profoundly important process, one that is increasingly kept hidden in our culture.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 242
Vendor: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 1999
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0195146018
ISBN-13: 9780195146011
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Handbook for Mortals is warmly addressed to all those who wish to approach the final years of life with greater awareness of what to expect and greater confidence about how to make the end of our lives a time for growth, comfort, and meaningful reflection. Written by Drs. Joanne Lynn and Joan Harrold and a variety of experts from nursing, hospice, counseling, and the arts, this book provides equal measures of practical information and gentle insight. Readers will learn what decisions they will need to face, where to look for help, how to ease pain and other symptoms, what to expect with specific diseases, and how the health-care system operates. Equally important to this practical information are the personal stories included here of how people have come to terms with dying, faced their fears, and made important choices.

From down-to-earth advice on how to talk to your doctor to inspiring quotes from such writers as W. H. Auden, Jane Kenyon, and others, Handbook for Mortals encompasses the needs of both the body and the spirit in our final years.

Author Bio


Joanne Lynn, M.D., is Director of the RAND Center to Improve Care of the Dying and President of Americans for Better Care of the Dying. Joan Harrold, M.D., is Medical Director of the Hospice of Lancaster County.

Editorial Reviews


"A helpful work for patients and their families who are confronted with serious illness at the end of life."--Journal of the American Medical Association


"Serious, kind and respectful...keeps the focus on the patients and their personal choices." --New York Daily News


"An extremely well-considered guide for people facing serious illness--patients, relatives, and friends....Gives realistic advice on the emotional and practical steps needed to be taken when time is short, from saying goodbye to loved ones to choosing and arranging for the desired terminal care."--Oncology Times


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