33 Meditations on Death: Notes from the Wrong End of Medicine

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33 Meditations on Death: Notes from the Wrong End of Medicine

33 Meditations on Death: Notes from the Wrong End of Medicine

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I read this book over the course of one day and now I am passing it on to friends to read and discuss. No one wants to live long enough to sit incapacitated in a wheelchair in the corridor of a hospital or nursing home.

I am happy to talk on end of life decisions in the elderly, dementia prevention, the history of stroke disease, biological ageing or other topics covered in 33 Meditation on Death. David Jarrett's 33 Meditations, the fruit of forty years of professional experience with people at the end of their lives, is not only timely and important, but hugely enjoyable. It presents a cogent argument for an alternative approach to the end of life from the one that has seen us sacrifice quality of years for quantity.Dr David Jarrett draws on family stories and case histories from his thirty years of treating the old, demented and frail to try to find his own understanding of the end. I am naturally a little biased but this is a lovely book which highlights the simultaneous futility and the beauty of life.

He marries the importance of keeping ourselves useful with the necessity not to take ourselves too seriously. Brilliant - a grimly humourous yet humane account of the realities of growing old in the modern age. I struggled a bit in the beginning and wondered if this was going to be another medical professional having a pop at the NHS and government and so on.This is reflected less in his observations - which are more evenhanded - than in his sweeping asides and unfortunately these do intrude given the subject matter of what is otherwise a thoughtful and interesting book about dying.

David Jarrett has been a doctor for forty years, thirty of which as an NHS consultant in geriatric and stroke medicine. This unusual and important book is a series of reflections on death in all its forms: the science of it, the medicine, the tragedy and the comedy.

If a doctor can perform an abortion or transgender operation I don’t understand why a patient can’t request an end of life assist.



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