Fragments on the Deathwatch


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Fragments on the Deathwatch is a humane and lyrical look at the vigil over the dying. Despite the long cultural traditions and profound psychological benefits of the deathwatch, the institutions of modern life - from hospitals to courtrooms - have intruded in this essential practice. Through literature, philosophy, history, and autobiography, the author delicately probes the taboos around discussions of death. As a legal scholar, she considers whether the law can recognize the needs of families and loved ones and protect ...

Fragments on the Deathwatch 1999, Beacon Press

ISBN-13: 9780807041192

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