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October 7, 1998

End of LifeThe Good Death: The New American Search to Reshape the End of Life

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for software


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JAMA. 1998;280(13):1198. doi:10.1001/jama.280.13.1198-JBK1007-2-1

Only a handful of books have grabbed the attention of the scientist in me by touching me personally. When this happens, I am motivated to read the book a second time. The Good Death, by Marilyn Webb, is such a book. Ms Webb is not a scientist or physician but a journalist (former editor in chief of Psychology Today) and author of popular articles on death and dying. Her principal concern has been, and continues to be, the development of an understanding of death itself and an approach to dying that eases the process for those experiencing it and for those left behind. In The Good Death, Webb places end-of-life care in the United States in the context of the appearance of "new" diseases, the aging population, death at increasingly older ages, and recent advances in medicine that prolong life, postpone death, and manage pain more effectively.

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