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The Way We Die Now

The View from Medicine's Front Line

Seamus O'Mahony

Thomas Dunne Books

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ISBN10: 1250112796
ISBN13: 9781250112798


304 Pages



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In a world where dying has never been more publicly discussed, in our private lives we have done all that we can to banish the thought of death. Dying has become medicalized and sanitized, but doctors cannot prescribe ‘good death’. The Way We Die Now asks us to consider how we have gotten to this age of spiritual poverty and argues that giving up our fantasies of control over death can help restore its significance.


Praise for The Way We Die Now

"A searingly honest, humane and challenging book to prompt a wider conversation about death and dying."The Guardian (UK)

"A valuable and thoughtful treatment that effectively draws on O'Mahony's professional insights as well as his Irish Catholic upbringing to provide glimpses into Western society's relationship with mortality."Library Journal

"The 'over-medicalization' of modern dying is at the core of O’Mahony’s criticism; he maintains that doctors might better help their dying patients by giving up 'the quest to conquer nature' and returning 'to a core function of providing comfort and succor.' O’Mahony’s clear-eyed analysis is important, poignant, and immensely humane."Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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About the author

Seamus O'Mahony

DR. SEAMUS O’MAHONY is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Cork University Hospital. He is associate editor for medical humanities of the Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and is a regular contributor to the Dublin Review of Books. He is the author of The Way We Die Now.

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