The Measure of Our Days

The Measure of Our Days

New Beginnings at Life's End

Book - 1997
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Baker & Taylor
A physician recounts his experiences with the dying and details how different people react to a diagnosis of terminal illness

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Through the eyes of a compassionate physician, the lives of eight individuals are translated from medical case studies into spiritual journeys of questioning and self-awareness. He explores the issues of why the knowledge of having a life-threatening illness ennobles some people yet defeats others, and how we can apply to our own lives the lessons learned. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
Why does the knowledge of having a life-threatening illness ennoble some people, yet defeat others? How can we apply to our own lives the lessons learned during this extraordinary time? In The Measure of Our Days, Jerome Groopman, an eminent physician, explores these central human questions through portraits of eight patients who have gazed into the face of death.
The unforgettable individuals we meet here include Kirk, an aggressive venture capitalist who refuses to accept his fate and insists on the mega-gamble of risky kidney cancer treatments; Elizabeth, an imperious dowager with a rare blood disease, who is humbled by the fear of becoming helpless; Alex, an accomplished but emotionally unfulfilled architect, who begs for help in dying at the first icy touch of AIDS; and Elliott, who, in his triumph over leukemia, finally creates for himself a definition of success.
Through the eyes of a generous and compassionate physician, each individual's experience is transformed from a medical case study into a spiritual journey of questioning and self-awareness.

& Taylor

An award-winning collection of eight moving portraits of people suffering from deadly illnesses explores the spiritual awakenings that people in such situations undergo, as they endure painful and ultimately spiritually triumphant transformations. Reprint. Tour.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 1997
ISBN: 9780670875702
Characteristics: 238 p. ; 24 cm


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