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Same Old Seventeen-Dollar Lamps

Timothy E. Quill

in Caring for Patients at the End of Life

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195139402
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199999859 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195139402.003.0002
Same Old Seventeen-Dollar Lamps

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This chapter relates the author's experience in caring for two patients who had near-death experience. One was a fundamentalist African American preacher who had vowed never to enter a hospital and the other was a single mother called Mrs. M., who had successfully overcome alcoholism, breast cancer, and depression. The chapter highlights the author's end-of-life care dilemma in treating the Reverend and his working relationship with the single mother.

Keywords: near-death experience; preacher; single mother; alcoholism; breast cancer; depression; end of life

Chapter.  2181 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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