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SubjectivityEthnographic Investigations$
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Joao Biehl, Byron Good, and Arthur Kleinman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520247925

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520247925.001.0001

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“To Be Freed From the Infirmity of (the) Age”

“To Be Freed From the Infirmity of (the) Age”

Subjectivity, Life-Sustaining Treatment, and Palliative Medicine

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Eric L. Krakauer

University of California Press

This chapter identifies the ways in which technology operates in people's conceptions and experience of death, drawing from the author's clinical work with terminal patients, their families, and a palliative-care team and ethics committee at the Massachusetts General Hospital. It notes the ways in which technologies can extend and produce suffering, showing that palliative medicine addresses the aspects of suffering which have been excluded or left behind, such as the feelings of loss about the ability to function.

Keywords:   technology, death, terminal patients, suffering, palliative medicine, aspects of suffering

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