The Anticipatory Corpse

Bishop argues that something has gone sadly amiss in the care of the dying by contemporary medicine and in our social and political views of death.

The Anticipatory Corpse

The dead body is subtly anticipated in our practices of exercising control over the suffering person, whether through technological mastery in the intensive care unit or through the impersonal, quasi-scientific assessments of psychological and spiritual "medicine."The result is a kind of nihilistic attitude toward the dying, and troubling contradictions and absurdities in our practices. Wide-ranging in its examples, from organ donation rules in the United States, to ICU medicine, to "spiritual surveys," to presidential bioethics commissions attempting to define death, and to high-profile cases such as Terri Schiavo's, The Anticipatory Corpse explores the historical, political, and philosophical underpinnings of our care of the dying and, finally, the possibilities of change.

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The Anticipatory Corpse
Language: en
Pages: 411
Authors: Jeffrey Paul Bishop
Categories: Medical
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011 - Publisher: Notre Dame Studies in Medical

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The Anticipatory Corpse
Language: en
Pages: 432
Authors: Jeffrey P. Bishop
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-09-19 - Publisher: University of Notre Dame Pess

In this original and compelling book, Jeffrey P. Bishop, a philosopher, ethicist, and physician, argues that something has gone sadly amiss in the care of the dying by contemporary medicine and in our social and political views of death, as shaped by our scientific successes and ongoing debates about euthanasia
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Pages: 248
Authors: John J. Fitzgerald, Ashley John Moyse
Categories: Religion
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Pages: 204
Authors: John Behr, Conor Cunningham
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Pages: 248
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Categories: Social Science
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