Death Is That Man Taking Names: Intersections of American Medicine, Law, and Culture
"This book is enormously important, beautifully reasoned and written with crystal clarity by an author of wide scholarly experience, brilliant ... Show synopsis "This book is enormously important, beautifully reasoned and written with crystal clarity by an author of wide scholarly experience, brilliant insights and extraordinary erudition. It is the first book length study I've seen that reasons from the individual psychology of all stakeholders. It ultimately provides the only truly revealing way to understand the personal and civic conundrums surrounding dying, which have always been characterized by irrational thinking, inconsistencies of behavior and paradoxes of personal viewpoints."--Sherwin Nuland, M.D., author of "How We Die" "Once you acknowledge the profound and inescapable ambivalence that shapes our attitudes toward death, what can we learn about our death-dealing policies and practices, from end-of-life care and assisted suicide to the death penalty? Robert Burt's "Death is That Man Taking Names" provides extraordinary insights in eloquent and elegant prose. All thoughtful people who are seriously interested in the deeper roots and broader implications of our policies concerning death should read this remarkably original and provocative book."--Thomas H. Murray, President, The Hastings Center, and author of "The Worth of a Child"