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July 2017

Modern Death, How Medicine Changed the End of Life—A Book Review

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Division of Palliative Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(7):913-914. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.1494

Haider Warraich’s recent book, Modern Death, How Medicine Changed the End of Life,1 is timely. At a time when we strive for simple answers to complex questions, often utter the phrase “I have an app for that,” and condense our thoughts into a 140-character bite, Warraich, a cardiovascular fellow at Duke, engages a complex topic: What does death look like in our modern medical world? He weaves his personal and clinical stories together with threads of history, law, ethics, and spirituality.

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