Death Interrupted

Death Interrupted

How Modern Medicine Is Complicating the Way We Die

Written by: Bigham, Blair

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER

In Death Interrupted, ICU doctor Blair Bigham shares his first-hand experiences of how medicine has complicated the way we die and offers a road map for dying in the modern era.

Doctors today can call on previously unimaginable technologies to help keep our bodies alive almost indefinitely. But this unprecedented shift in intensive care has created a major crisis. In the widening grey zone between life and death, doctors fight with doctors, families feel pressured to make tough decisions about their loved ones, and lawyers are left to argue life-and-death cases in the courts. Meanwhile, intensive care patients are caught in purgatory, attached to machines and unable to speak for themselves.

Through conversations with critical care and end-of-life professionals—including ethicists, social workers, nurses, and doctors—and observations from his own time working in ambulances, emergency rooms, and the icu, Dr. Blair Bigham exposes the tensions inherent in this new era of dying by addressing the tough questions facing us all.

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

In Death Interrupted, ICU doctor Blair Bigham shares his first-hand experiences of how medicine has complicated the way we die and offers a road map for dying in the modern era.

Doctors today can call on previously unimaginable technologies to help keep our bodies alive almost indefinitely. But this unprecedented shift in intensive care has created a major crisis. In the widening grey zone between life and death, doctors fight with doctors, families feel pressured to make tough decisions about their loved ones, and lawyers are left to argue life-and-death cases in the courts. Meanwhile, intensive care patients are caught in purgatory, attached to machines and unable to speak for themselves.

Through conversations with critical care and end-of-life professionals—including ethicists, social workers, nurses, and doctors—and observations from his own time working in ambulances, emergency rooms, and the icu, Dr. Blair Bigham exposes the tensions inherent in this new era of dying by addressing the tough questions facing us all.

Published By House of Anansi Press Inc — Sep 20, 2022
Specifications 304 pages | 5.5 in x 8.5 in
Written By

DR. BLAIR BIGHAM is a journalist, scientist, and attending emergency and icu physician who trained at McMaster and Stanford Universities. He was a Global Journalism Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and an associate scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital. His work has appeared in the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, the New England Journal of Medicine, and the Canadian Medical Association Journal, among others.

Written By

DR. BLAIR BIGHAM is a journalist, scientist, and attending emergency and icu physician who trained at McMaster and Stanford Universities. He was a Global Journalism Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and an associate scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital. His work has appeared in the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, the New England Journal of Medicine, and the Canadian Medical Association Journal, among others.

Bigham consults a number of experts in the field as well as combing his own experiences. … [Death Interrupted] explores a relatively new issue for which there are no easy answers.

” —Winnipeg Free Press

Will make you re-think what it means to die and how you want to live out your final days.

” —André Picard, author of Neglected No More and health columnist for the Globe and Mail

Dr. Blair Bigham takes on the angst that doctors and families face when confronted with the miracles of modern medicine and the reality that eventual death is unavoidable. He employs the most charming personal stories and just enough science to clarify the facts. The result is an honest and fascinating exploration of the death dilemma. When you are ready to know more about death, this is the book to read.

” —Jane Philpott, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen’s University