The Welcome Visitor: Living Well, Dying Well

The Welcome Visitor: Living Well, Dying Well


By (author) John Humphrys

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  • Publisher: Hodder Paperback
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 131mm x 198mm x 19mm | 190g
  • Publication date: 21 January 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0340923784
  • ISBN 13: 9780340923788
  • Sales rank: 722,313

Product description

Death is a subject modern society shies away from. Even doctors avoid the word. But if we regard death as a failure in our desire to prolong life, can we ever arrive at a humane approach to those whose lives have lost meaning? Are we keeping people alive simply because we can?Here, John Humphrys and his co-author Dr Sarah Jarvis take a wider look at how our attitudes to death have changed as doctors have learned how to prolong life beyond anything that could have been imagined only a few generations ago, and confront one of the great challenges facing the western world today.There are no easy answers but the first step must surely be to accept that death can be as welcome as it is inevitable.

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Author information

John Humphrys has reported from all over the world for the BBC and presented its frontline news programmes on both radio and television, in a broadcasting career spanning forty years. He has won a string of national awards and been described as a 'national treasure'. He owned a dairy farm for ten years and has homes in Wales, Greece and London.Dr Sarah Jarvis is a GP in London as well as making regular media appearances in The One Show and with her own column in Good Housekeeping magazine.

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'This is an important book. It needs to be. Slowly, we are coming to realise that a life well lived might decently conclude with a death well and timely died.' -- Terry Pratchett 20081113 'Compelling' -- Daily Mail 20081113 'Impassioned and impressive' -- Sunday Times 20081113 'Comforting... Honest... It is a relief to have some of the private struggles of dealing with death brought out into the open. He is determined to tell it like it is.' -- Daily Telegraph 20081113 'a powerful, compassionate book, movingly illustrated' -- FT on Sunday 20081113 'Tremendously uplifting ...deserves the widest readership' -- News Talk 20081113 'illuminating and helpful' -- The Times 20081113