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Books, Journals, New Media
March 9, 2005

End-of-Life Care

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;293(10):1267-1272. doi:10.1001/jama.293.10.1267-b

This book is worth reading, not necessarily because you will agree with it or accept its proposals but because it raises a series of important challenges to current thinking. Gerontologists calculate age not chronologically but as a reflection of the force of mortality; age implies a greater risk of dying. Dr Lynn adopts this perspective by translating much of medical care into end-of-life care. Drawing actively on the work of the Institute of Medicine (especially its 2001 report Crossing the Quality Chasm), she addresses the management of persons at the end of their lives.

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