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Life and Death in Intensive Care


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Introduction - Moonscape: The Surgical Intensive Care Unit1. A Caring Ethic: Nurses and the Dilemma of Powerlessness2. The Best of Times, the Worst of Times: The Residents3. Diverse Universes of Medical Discourse: The Fellows4. The Attendings5. Is Death the Enemy, or Suffering?6. Confronting Death in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit7. Intensive Caring in New Zealand8. Going Gentle into that Good Night: Death in Auckland9. Focusing on the Bottom Line10. The Dominion of DeathAppendix - "Hard" Science, "Soft" Science, Social Science:The Anxiety of MethodsNotesReferencesIndex

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A penetrating look at the values, systems, and life-and-death dramas in the surgical intensive care unit

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Joan Cassell is a Research Associate in the Department of Surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine. She is the author of Expected Miracles: Surgeons at Work (Temple), Children in the Field: Anthropological Experiences (Temple), and, most recently, The Woman in the Surgeon's Body.


"Cassell's ethnographic description is lively and engaging. For the psychologist who has recently entered the medical setting, Cassell's book will be an entertaining and enjoyable educational source." PsycCRITIQUES "This is some book .It is powerful writing, with harsh (accurate) content. There are great quotes, terrific anecdotes, fiery feminism and damning observations of doctors' arrogance in dealing with family, other medical specialties, and nurses." Critical Care and Resuscitation

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