Description In this moving and controversial Quarterly Essay, doctor and writer Karen Hitchcock investigates the treatment of the elderly and dying through some unforgettable cases. So I accepted a last-minute job as a trainee in nuclear medicine — interpreting fuzzy scans and injecting radioactive isotopes — but I missed talking with flesh-and-blood patients, regretted leaving the wards. The Day the World Exploded: Karen Hitchcock writes persuasively the personal and professional experience of a staff doctor in a city public hospital. Many elderly patients come to hospital with these kinds of medication regimens. With honesty and deep experience, she looks at end – of – life decisions, frailty and dementia, over – treatment and escalating costs. And we must change our institutions and society to meet the needs of an ageing population.
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Just select the list below, and click ‘Add’. Ours is a society in which ageism, often disguised, threatens to turn the elderly into a ”burden” – difficult, hopeless, expensive and homogenous.
QE57 – March Karen Hitchcock Dear Life On caring for the elderly In this moving and controversial Quarterly Essay, doctor and writer Karen Hitchcock investigates the treatment of the elderly and dying through some unforgettable cases.
Karen Hitchcock is a physician and an award-winning writer.
That old age is not worth living. Most of the patients now entering hospitals suffer from more than one physical problem; they are older, and have complex social circumstances that need to be addressed. At the same time, the geriatricians — specialists in the care of the elderly — did not as a fof work in acute hospital units.
Dear Life: On Caring for the Elderly: Quarterly Essay 57 by Karen Hitchcock ·
There were not many young general physicians. And we must change our institutions and society to meet the needs of an ageing population.
Democracy and the Rise of the Strongman. Cardiologists, respiratory physicians, gy, nephrologists and endocrinologists gradually replaced the generalist physician.
To do well, patients need to eat, move and remain mentally active in hospital — three things the hospital environment specifically hinders.
This specialisation contributed greatly to our knowledge of the workings of the human body, and to our knowledge of disease; it led to medical marvels such as organ transplantation. Log in to renew.
Hospitals had become the institutions of a utopian world where medicine had the cure for every ill, for a human being split into organs that would fail in an organised fashion. Dec 27, Jennifer rated it it was amazing Shelves: I remember one, mid-ward-round, swooping down to pick up a qurterly of rubbish in the hospital corridor.
Our collective delusion is that we can have all the benefits such a society would bring without the structural supports necessary to bring it into being, that we can attain health by inventing and buying drugs. Skip to main content. It horrifies me me that institutional ageism is so rife in the care of our oldest citizens, that people are denied treatment purely because of their age and so on.
While we rightly seek to curb treatment when it is futile, harmful or against a patient’s wishes, this can sometimes lead to caringg on care that suit the system rather than the person.
I knew a few general physicians. The important thing all of us need to remember is that we won’t be 75 forever, and that old person you see, will be you in only a number of years. How can you know what sort of death you will want until It happens? In Dear LifeHitchcock has laid out her most important work to date in the type of clear, rational, respectful prose that the topic demands. Sign in with your Schwartz Media account Forgot your password?
You can change region by clicking the flag in the toolbar. But I have worked in numerous hospitals across three states of Australia and know this to be uncommon.
Dear Life: On Caring for the Elderly: Quarterly Essay 57
A most excellent book, and one every person eldfrly read preferrably before middle age. I lost my mother about a year ago after a long period of illness and reading this was sometimes a tearful experience as well as an instructive one. Quarterly Essay News Sign up to receive the latest news in our newsletter Sign up. I highly recommend we all read this essay start discussing what can be done.
This is an essay on ageing and illness; treatment of the elderly in hospitals; and end-of-life decisions.