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Book and Media Reviews
February 15, 2012

The Anticipatory Corpse: Medicine, Power, and the Care of the Dying

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Emergency Medicine and Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor (arbmph@umich.edu).

JAMA. 2012;307(7):731-732. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.163

Recent scholarship on the history and philosophy of medicine continues to enhance understanding of the forces that have molded the culture and practice of medicine today. A valuable addition to this increasing body of literature is The Anticipatory Corpse: Medicine, Power, and the Care of the Dying, a compelling read and a groundbreaking work in philosophy and bioethics. Written by physician, bioethicist, and philosopher Jeffrey P. Bishop, the book presents an eloquent argument as to how the profession's care of dying persons has evolved as well as a provocative and insightful critique of the present state of such care. Bishop, the Tenet Endowed Chair in Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University, offers a point of view rich in both content and analysis.

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