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Dying in the Twenty-First Century: Toward a New Ethical Framework for the Art of Dying Well

Lydia M.D. Dugdale


Most of us are generally ill-equipped for dying. Today, we neither see death nor prepare for it. But this has not always been the case. In the early fifteenth century, the Catholic Church published the Ars moriendi texts, which established prayers and practices for an art of dying. In the twenty-first century, physicians rely on procedures and protocols for the efficient management of hospitalized patients. How might we recapture an art of dying that facilitates our dying well? In this book, physicians, philosophers, and theologians attempt to articulate a bioethical framework for dying well i ... More

Keywords: Death and dying, Bioethics, Preparation for death, Finitude, Community, Ars moriendi

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780262029124
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262029124.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lydia M.D. Dugdale, editor
Yale University School of Medicine

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I Setting the Stage for a Contemporary Art of Dying

1 Dying, a Lost Art

Lydia S. Dugdale

2 Finitude

Jeffrey P. Bishop

II The Substance of an Art of Dying

5 Ritual and Practice

M. Therese Lysaught

6 Spiritual Preparation

Michelle Harrington and Daniel P. Sulmasy

7 The Role of Community

Autumn Alcott Ridenour and Lisa Sowle Cahill

III Special Considerations for an Art of Dying

8 Children

John Lantos

9 The Elderly and Dementia

Daniel Callahan

10 AIDS, the Modern Plague

Peter A. Selwyn

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