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Nguage of dying that have developed in the last century and how modern technology has not only changed the hows whens and wheres of death but the what of deathDelving into the vast body of research on the evolving nature of death Modern Death will provide readers with an enriched understanding of how death differs from the past what our ancestors got right and how trends and events have transformed this most final of human experienc. Modern DeathI picked up a copy of Haider Warraich’s book Modern Death as soon as I saw it advertised This is a topic that I find fascinating and Mr Warraich’s book was billed as the “follow up” to Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal so I didn’t think twice about the impulse purchase While reading the first few chapters I was a little disappointed Mr Warraich wasn’t presenting anything that I hadn’t already read or taught about as a professor of health law and ethics I didn’t make my first earmark until page 91 but shortly after had to be careful not to earmark every other page I uickly decided that Mr Warraich had written a text that should be read by everyone – not just people fascinated with the legal and ethical issues surrounding end of lifeModern Death begins with an overview of issues surrounding death including the legal definition of “death” and methods of sustaining life Landmark cases are explained and a detailed history of the development of CPR is included After building a firm foundation Mr Warraich delves into the issues he sees most often as a physician That first earmark on page 91 It was for this uote “The reason people increasingly don’t want CPR is not that they are afraid it will fail but that they are afraid it will only partially work Patients are afraid that if CPR makes their heart start beating again their brain will have to pay a huge cost” In a society that values independence and self reliance this is so very true Most people would rather not continuing living if they have to live in a vegetative or severally impaired condition What is life in today’s world if you cannot continue to do the daily activities that you loveAfter an excellent ethical analysis of death and resuscitation efforts Mr Warraich considers deeply the role of religion in the dying process He states “Physicians very freuently find themselves in difficult situations with patients who have a strong faith but rarely do they talk about religion and spirituality” One study estimates that only 10% of physicians broach this difficult but important subject This number is extremely low considering a study of cancer patients showing that patients provided with “spiritual care had a better uality of life prior to their deaths were likely to pass in hospice and were less likely to receive aggressive and unnecessary care close to death” when compared to patients not provided spiritual interventionModern Death also examines the role of physicians assisting care givers and surrogate decision makers He proffers that physicians are usually at the center of the decision making process and they are often reuired to buffer the various opinions of family members and caregivers In addition he states that the burden placed on surrogate decision makers aka health care proxies is seriously overlookedThe topics of euthanasia and physician assisted suicide are also touched on in Modern Death Mr Warraich offers his own personal perspective and thoughts regarding this controversial topic He provides a uniue perspective regarding the shift in opinion over centuries not just decadesI have added this book to my list of texts that every healthcare professional should consider reading Additionally I will be giving it to my parents Per Mr Warraich’s suggestion I will instigate the talk that everyone avoids but everyone should have before it is too late and we simply have to guess

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Modern DeathThere is no universal truth in life than death No matter who you are it is certain that one day you will die but the mechanics and understanding of that experience will differ greatly in today’s modern age Dr Haider Warraich is a young and brilliant new voice in the conversation about death and dying started by Dr Sherwin Nuland’s classic How We Die Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter and Atul Gawande’s recent sensation Bein. 35 Haider Warraich a physician originally from Pakistan trained at Harvard and is now a fellow in cardiovascular medicine at Duke University in North Carolina Like Ed Yong’s I Contain Multitudes or Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal Modern Death is a learned but engaging book that intersperses science history medicine and personal stories Warraich addresses death as a biological phenomenon – perhaps complicated than one might expect – but also as a social one that has undergone great changes in recent decades“The vast majority of people die in places where inert tones provide the palette disinfectant the aroma alarm bells the soundtrack and open back johnnies the wardrobe” So Warraich describes a typical hospital or nursing home decline Compare this to a century ago when most births and deaths occurred in people’s homes Although dying at home is on the rise the author notes that patients’ wishes often have to cede to circumstances Moreover there’s ineuality at work affluent whites are likely to die at home In the United States a disparity is seen in life expectancy as well with just 300 miles separating the nation’s longest Fairfax Virginia – 82 years for men from its shortest McDowell West Virginia – 64The very definition of death has become less straightforward as medicine has advanced Warraich notes Cases like that of Karen Ann uinlan in the 1970s made the average person aware that physical life can continue even after the brain has died Yet there is still much we don’t understand and the idea that brain death could be reversible hasn’t been completely ruled out The author recounts his own experience of treating a patient who collapsed of a heroin overdose but temporarily regained a pulse known as the “Lazarus phenomenon”The first half of the book is about death as a medical reality while the second focuses on particular social aspects of death religious beliefs the burden on families and other caregivers the debate over euthanasia and physician assisted suicide and the pros and cons of using social media to share one’s journey towards death Relatives of the ill or dying will find plenty of useful information here on designating a health care proxy and setting up a living will andor DNR order – just bear in mind that much of this may be specific to the United StatesIf the book is reprinted it could do with careful proofreading as there are numerous minor errors whether typos or wrong word choices “deference” in place of “deferral” for instance In some places Warraich mixes his metaphors and ends up with unintentionally awkward phrases like “decapitation has digestible parables” and “the raison d’être of religion stems from the existential curve ball imbued so deep within us”Nevertheless this is uite a fascinating book with a vital message that Warraich delivers passionately we must bring death into the public conversation so that it holds less fear for patients and doesn’t euate to failure for doctors After all it’s inevitable for each of us

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Read & Download Modern Death ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ There is no universal truth in life than death No matter who you are it is certain that one day you will die but the mechanics and understanding of that experience will differ greatly in today’s modern age Dr Haider Warraich is a young and brilliant new voice in thG Mortal Medicine and What Matters in the End Dr Warraich takes a broader look at how we die today from the cellular level up to the very definition of death itselfThe most basic aspects of dying the whys wheres whens and hows are almost nothing like what they were mere decades ago Beyond its ecology epidemiology and economics the very ethos of death has changed Modern Death Dr Warraich’s debut book will explore the rituals and la. I was surprised and pleased by this book The author is a physician who appears to be in training in cardiology at Duke The book is a collections of memoir and essay on the subject of how death is viewed in the context of modern medicine The motivation is that death is perhaps the central topic of human existence in one way or another and yet it is an event that everyone undergoes but nobody knows anything about Moreover most of the common conceptions about death that are widely held are anecdotal and often flat out wrong and even if not wrong are often hopelessly out of date when looked at in terms of medical science and practice The idea is that to get people talking about death and its related issues openly will help patients and their relatives deal with end of life issues and will help physicians and health care professionals better serve patientsIn the interests of transparency I am currently dealing with multiple situations these days in which parents peers and children are dealing with extended medical situations increasingly common with an aging population and I have spent far too much time in hospitals on various peoples behalf to not realize the importance of what Dr Warraich is writing aboutThe book seems like an odd collection of topics but it holds together well and the number of “aha” moments I did not know that is large both in total and per page There are lots of notes for those who wish to read The writing is superb Some of the earlier chapters cover the micro level biology of how cells die which sounds strange but which is crucial for understanding some of the later issues that get covered “brain death” and DNR orders for example Warraich also discusses the geography of death and how people are increasingly dying in hospitals and nursing homes rather than in their own homes The discussion of resuscitation was an eye opener to me and I thought I was relatively well informed as a lay personAll of this is fascinating but the book gets even better as it progresses when Dr Warraich talks about the bordens of end of life medical processes on family and family representativesproxies Many are taking on these responsibilities just at the time that their own children have grown and it is important to clearly discuss what they are getting into Related to this is the nature of family conflicts and conflicts generally involving the patient family and treatment team Topics like assisted suicide and euthanasia round out the second half of the bookbut then Warraich provided a last chapter about the increasing importance of social media in the lives of patients in these extended hospitalizations and institutional stays The argument is not only that making use of social networks helps connect people to patients in beneficial ways to fight loneliness and isolation There is also the possibility that having patients and family writeblog about their experiences can be helpful on its own and ease some of the concerns of those facing an inevitable death This is one of the better uses for social media that one hears about these daysThis is a fine book and I hope Dr Warraich continues to publish and not just in his medical journals