At the End of Life (Abridged): True Stories About How We Die Audiobook, by Lee Gutkind Play Audiobook Sample

At the End of Life (Abridged): True Stories About How We Die Audiobook

At the End of Life (Abridged): True Stories About How We Die Audiobook, by Lee Gutkind Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Al Kessel, Kitty Hendrix Publisher: Tantor Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: December 2018 Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781977337221

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Longest Chapter Length:

39:17 minutes

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07:01 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

26:59 minutes

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Publisher Description

What should medicine do when it can't save your life?

The modern healthcare system has become proficient at staving off death with aggressive interventions. And yet, eventually everyone dies—and although most Americans say they would prefer to die peacefully at home, more than half of all deaths take place in hospitals or health care facilities.

At the End of Life—the latest collaborative book project between the Creative Nonfiction Foundation and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation—tackles this conundrum head on. Featuring twenty-two compelling personal-medical narratives, the collection explores death, dying, and palliative care, and highlights current features, flaws, and advances in the healthcare system.

Here, a poet and former hospice worker reflects on death's mysteries; a son wanders the halls of his mother's nursing home, lost in the small absurdities of the place; a grief counselor struggles with losing his own grandfather; a medical intern traces the origins and meaning of time; a mother anguishes over her decision to turn off her daughter's life support and allow her organs to be harvested; and a nurse remembers many of her former patients.

These original, compelling personal narratives reveal the inner workings of hospitals, homes, and hospices where patients, their doctors and their loved ones all battle to hang on—and to let go.

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About Lee Gutkind

Lee Gutkind is the author and editor of more than twenty-five books and the founder of Creative Nonfiction, the first literary magazine to publish narrative nonfiction exclusively. Lee is Distinguished Writer-in-Residence in the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes at Arizona State University.

About Al Kessel

J. A. Johnstone learned from the master, Uncle William W. Johnstone. He was the all-round assistant, typist, researcher, and fact checker to one of the most popular western authors of all time. The Loner marked the debut of Tennessee-based J. A. Johnstone as a solo author.