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.
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.
Kane RL. End-of-Life Care. JAMA. 2005;293(10):1267-1272. doi:10.1001/jama.293.10.1267-b