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December 1973

Psychosocial Aspects of Terminal Care.

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Edited by Bernard Schoenberg; Arthur C. Carr; David Peretz; and Austin H. Kutscher. Price, $12.50. Pp 388. Columbia University Press, 136 S Broadway, Irvington on Hudson, New York 10533, 1972.

Arch Intern Med. 1973;132(6):910-911. doi:10.1001/archinte.1973.03650120108021

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As Germaine Greer recently has said, "This is a terrible time to die. Death has never been so mysterious, so obscene or shameful an occupation as it is in our time." Few would disagree with her opinion—at least on this point. The volume under review, a symposium by many authors writing from many angles on the ethical implications of dying, is of unquestionable relevance to our confused society. Psychosocial Aspects of Terminal Care should be required reading in all medical and nursing schools. That it has been written at all, and sponsored by an organization called The Foundation of Thanetology, is a sign that we are becoming aware of the ignorance, prejudice, and futility of contemporary attitudes to death. The brief but unmistakable feeling of resistance I experienced in tackling this book was, at least to me, evidence of our tendency to shy away from the subject.

The book succeeds

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