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This book is a precedent-setting analysis of our current approach to death and dying. Its premise-that a "better death" is possible if we discard our preconceptions and employ the medical technology at our disposal--clearly differentiates it from other books on this subject. While the book criticizes all the parties who extend life beyond any reasonable point, it also offers positive, practical steps for making the dying process more tolerable and humane for everyone involved.
M. MAURICE ABITBOL, M.D., is Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Jamaica Hospital in Jamaica, New York, where he teaches obstetrics and gynecology. He has done and is currently doing major research work at various university centers, including State University of New York at Stony Brook.