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In the Midst of Life (2010)

Tekijä: Jennifer Worth

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1995137,393 (4.02)11
Jennifer Worth's bestselling memoirs of her time as a midwife have inspired and moved readers of all ages. Now, in IN THE MIDST OF LIFE she documents her experiences as a nurse and ward sister, treating patients who were nearing the end of their lives. Interspersed with these stories from Jennifer's post-midwife career are the histories of her patients, from the family divided by a decision nobody could bear to make, to the mother who comes to her son's adopted country and joins his family without being able to speak a word of English. IN THE MIDST OF LIFE also gives moving insights not just into Jennifer's life and career, but also of a period of time which seems very different to today's, fast-paced world. Abridged edition, read by Barbara Flynn… (lisätietoja)
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näyttää 5/5
I enjoyed the book but I didn't enjoy it as much as her other books. I enjoy Jennifer's telling of her stories - the people she has met and really their stories. This book has those stories but not nearly as many as her other books. Her positions on death and dying are spot on and she never fails to present both sides of the issue and let you make your own decisions. A great read.
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  ChrisCaz | Feb 23, 2021 |
"A dangerous subject"
By sally tarbox on 5 November 2017
Format: Paperback
I'm not a viewer of the 'Call the Midwife' TV series. I mildly liked Worth's "Shadows of the Workhouse". But THIS is a fantastic and educative read which I would recommend to all.
Taking as her subject death, the author draws on her years of nursing experience, and her more recent dealings with people who have been saved from death by medical intervention - but also the many who were resuscitated from a potentially quick release, only to suffer a long and traumatic demise from some other long-term condition (or new problems brought on by the treatment itself.)
This is not an easy subject; the media focus on success stories - we don't hear of the problems medicine itself causes for the (mainly) elderly. Worth tells of surgeons who agree a patient would be best off left to slip away, only angry relatives would sue, the surgeon's career would be ruined - so the individual is prepared for the theatre.
Living wills, Dignitas, reported out of body experiences,the often pointless use of resuscitative techniques... Worth gives a balanced viewpoint to all.
She contrasts the acceptance of death in Victorian times, and in some societies still today, with our own embarrassment, refusal to acknowledge it, shield people from the sight of a dead person.
There is no simple answer - but I was left with a general feeling that if I'm old and frail I won't be seeking interventions at all cost but would prefer to die naturally.
One of the most significant books I've read this year. ( )
  starbox | Nov 5, 2017 |
First of all I have to admit it that I thought this book was about Worth's experiences as a nurse in the 50s and 60s. Instead I found a thought-provoking discussion about death including the "death-defying tactics" used by the medical profession who will not allow a patient to die where there are advanced levels of medical care that might delay death even at the expense of the patient's comfort. Worth also speaks of care homes, many whose first priority is to their shareholders, not patients, similar to hospital management that is based on business models. She makes some excellent points until reaching the topic of euthanasia or assisted death when she sank into an irrational religious argument strangely at odds with what she had written before. Ironically, at an advanced age, she was found "dead" at the bottom of a swimming pool and resuscitated successfully, knocking her earlier arguments against resuscitation on the head. ( )
  VivienneR | Aug 18, 2016 |
I was not familiar with Jennifer Worth's other books but this one was very thought-provoking and interesting. I listened to the audiobook version, read by Barbara Flynn, whose wonderful voice made it easier to take in. Some of the earlier stories were sometimes really difficult stay with. Worth was a nurse in England in the 50s and 60s and she chronicles some of her most memorable experiences to illustrate how attitudes about death, dying and health care have changed over the years (and not changed, too, to some degree). This is such an important conversation and there is so much reluctance in society to deal with it. The state of medicine has changed so much and while it has brought a lot of good, it has also created a lot of very scary realities to our lives.
This audiobook was on 5 discs. ( )
  jessibud2 | Oct 31, 2014 |
This is a thought-provoking book essentially about death and dying. Jennifer Worth makes the case for a more natural approach to death and medicine, using examples from her deep experience as a nurse. I found myself in agreement with her in many ways, which surprised me greatly. it bears re-reading and is not at all mawkish or hard-going. ( )
  J.Bryan | Dec 29, 2012 |
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In the beginning is my end; In my end is my beginning.---TS ELIOT
Lord, grant us a quiet night and a perfect end,
so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances
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may rest upon Thy eternal changelessness
-- The Anglican office of Compline from the Book of Common Worship
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My grandfather died in 1956 at the age of eighty-six.
[In The Midst of Life We Are In Death] This book assumes that death is sacred.
[Introduction] Fifty years of thought and four years of writing, have gone into the production of this book.
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Jennifer Worth's bestselling memoirs of her time as a midwife have inspired and moved readers of all ages. Now, in IN THE MIDST OF LIFE she documents her experiences as a nurse and ward sister, treating patients who were nearing the end of their lives. Interspersed with these stories from Jennifer's post-midwife career are the histories of her patients, from the family divided by a decision nobody could bear to make, to the mother who comes to her son's adopted country and joins his family without being able to speak a word of English. IN THE MIDST OF LIFE also gives moving insights not just into Jennifer's life and career, but also of a period of time which seems very different to today's, fast-paced world. Abridged edition, read by Barbara Flynn

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