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

Eric L. Krakauer

in Subjectivity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780520247925
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939639 | DOI:
“To Be Freed From the Infirmity of (the) Age”

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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

Chapter.  6532 words. 

Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology

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