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The Study of Dying
Cambridge University Press
9780521517676 - The Study of Dying - From Autonomy to Transformation - By Allan Kellehear
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The Study of Dying

What is it really like to die? Though our understanding about the biology of dying is complex and incomplete, greater complexity and diversity can be found in the study of what human beings encounter socially, psychologically and spiritually during the experience. Contributors from disciplines as diverse as social and behavioural studies, medicine, demography, history, philosophy, art, literature, popular culture and religion examine the process of dying through the lens of both animal and human studies. Despite common fears to the contrary, dying is not simply an awful journey of illness and decline; cultural influences, social circumstances, personal choice and the search for meaning are all crucial in shaping personal experiences. This intriguing volume will be of interest to clinicians, professionals, academics and students of death, dying and end-of-life care, and anyone curious about the human confrontation with mortality.


The Study of Dying

From Autonomy to Transformation

Allan Kellehear

University of Bath

allan kellehear is Professor of Sociology at the University of Bath.


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The study of dying : from autonomy to transformation / [edited by] Allan Kellehear.
p. cm.
ISBN 978-0-521-51767-6
1. Death–Social aspects. 2. Death–Psychological aspects.
I. Kellehear, Allan, 1955– II. Title.
HQ1073.S786 2009
306.9–dc22   2009025803

ISBN 978-0-521-51767-6 hardback
ISBN 978-0-521-73905-4 paperback

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Therefore learn, know yourself and see

Look how I am, and thus shalt thou be

From The Kalendar and Compost of Shepherds

Guy Marchant (1493)


Contents

List of Figures
ix
List of Tables
x
List of Contributors
xi
Preface
xiii
1     What the social and behavioural studies say about dying
Allan Kellehear
1
2     The dying animal: a perspective from veterinary medicine
Siri K. Knudsen
27
3     The dying human: a perspective from biomedicine
Marie-Aurélie Bruno, Didier Ledoux and Steven Laureys
51
4     The dying human: a perspective from palliative medicine
Michael Ashby
76
5     The demography of dying
Glennys Howarth
99
6     Historical approaches to dying
Julie-Marie Strange
123
7     Dying and philosophy
Geoffrey Scarre
147
8     The art of dying
Clare Gittings
163
9     Dying in Western literature
John Skelton
188
10    Cinematic visions of dying
Fran McInerney
211
11    Dying in the Judaeo-Christian tradition
Douglas Davies
233
12    Near-death experiences and deathbed visions
Bruce Greyson
253
Index
276

Figures

3.1   Differences in resting brain metabolism measured in normal consciousness and in brain death. Adaptedfrom Laureys, Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 2005 page 57
57
3.2   Changes in the electroencephalography (EEG) when coma evolves to brain death 57
57
8.1   Gravestone in Kerameikos, Athens (replica). Photograph © Reserved, 2008 167
167
8.2   Albrecht Dürer, Death of the Virgin Mary. © Trustees of the British Museum 171
171
8.3   Unknown Artist, Sir Henry Unton (detail). © National Portrait Gallery, London 172
172
8.4   William Hogarth, The Idle ’Prentice Executed at Tyburn. © Trustees of the British Museum 175
175
8.5   Paul Delaroche, The Execution of Lady Jane Grey. © The National Gallery, London 177
177
8.6   Carlos Schwabe, Death and the Gravedigger. © The Bridgeman Art Library 181
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