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Death With Dignity Book Receives ForeWord Clarion Five-Star Review

  (August 30, 2011)

Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) August 30, 2011

In the age of chronic disease, a natural death is becoming an increasingly rare phenomenon. The lucky few will die suddenly or during sleep. But the remaining 80% will not leave life the way they would have liked to: at home and without needless suffering. In America, most people will die in small steps that are significantly influenced by medical decisions regarding the manner and timing of death. According to author Robert Orfali: Most of us will find ourselves navigating through a labyrinth of confusing end-of-life choices. We will spend our last days (often years) in sterilized torture chambershospitals, nursing homes, and even hospices. Yes, the terminally ill needlessly endure torture at the end of their lives. 
Robert Orfalis book Death with Dignity: The Case for Legalizing Physician-Assisted Dying and Euthanasia is an in-depth exploration of the shortcomings of our end-of-life system. The reader will learn about terminal torture in hospital ICUs and about the alternatives: hospice and palliative care. With laser-sharp focus, Orfali scrutinizes the good, the bad, and the ugly. He provides an insightful critique of the practice of palliative sedation. The book makes a strong case that assisted dying complements hospice. Oregon, by providing both, now has the best palliative-care system in America.
Orfali makes a compelling case for legalized physician-assisted dying. Using the latest data from Oregon and the Netherlands, he puts a fresh new slant on perennial debate topics such as slippery slopes, the integrity of medicine, and sanctity of life. His engaging writing style brings clarity to these issues. The content is thought-provoking; the arguments are well-researched, air-tight, and original. 
ForeWord Magazine is one of the few remaining wholly independent review sources.  It reviews over two-thousand-plus books a year from the countrys top small presses. According to ForeWord, a very small percentage of books receive a Five Star Clarion Review.  Heres an excerpt from this books Five Star review:
Because Death with Dignity is comprehensive, objective, and well documented, it belongs on every public library shelf. Because it avoids hyperbole, it is essential reading for those on either side of the issue. Because it is honest and compassionate, it is a must read for anyone who wants to understand this challenging issue.... But it is the eyes-wide-open look at how life ends that makes it required reading for anyone who plans to die in the United States.  Although Orfali is open about his bias in favor of physician-prescribed euthanasia, he remains thorough and evenhanded to the point of setting down every argument against euthanasia. He counters these arguments with facts and reassurance rather than rancor. He is always respectful. He never resorts to the half-truths often found in debates about hot button issues.
Foreword Clarion Five-Star Review (August, 2011)
Robert Orfali, the guru of client/server systems in the early days of Silicon Valley, co-authored three best-selling books that demystified the complexity of these mission-critical systems and made them understandable to a whole new generation of programmers. The books sold over a million copies. In this book, Robert uses his analytical skills to deconstruct the most complex system he has yet encountered: our modern end-of-life system. He wrote this book after helping his soulmate and coauthor, Jeri, navigate her death from ovarian cancer in 2009. The deep emotions Robert felt allowed him to look at how we die from a different perspective, another angle. Robert also wrote Grieving a Soulmate
Paperback: 254 pages
Publisher: Mill City Press, Inc. 
Publication date: April 15, 2011
ISBN-10: 1936780186
ISBN-13: 978-1936780181
Paperback list price: $14.95
E-book list price: only $ 0.99 almost free.

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