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The Welcome Visitor By John Humphrys

The Welcome Visitor by John Humphrys

Condition - Very Good
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The first book -- personal, practical and ethical -- to deal with death and dying well by popular Radio 4 Today presenter alongside a GP

The Welcome Visitor Summary

The Welcome Visitor by John Humphrys

Death is a subject modern society shies away from. Even doctors avoid the word. But if we regard death as a failure in our frantic desire to prolong life at all costs, how can we ever arrive at a humane approach to those whose lives have lost all meaning? John Humphrys asked himself this question when he watched his father's final sad, lingering, undignified years. His death, when it came at last, was a welcome end to his suffering and the anguish of those who loved him. It inspired this book. Here he takes a wider look at how our attitudes to death have changed as doctors have learned how to prolong life beyond anything that could have been imagined only a few generations ago. He and his co-author Dr Sarah Jarvis, who has 22 years experience of dealing with the dying, confront one of the great challenges facing the western world today. We live for almost twice as long as our great-grandparents but refuse to accept that longevity can sometimes be a curse as well as a blessing. Are we keeping people alive simply because we can? And what of their carers whose lives may be ruined as a result of their own sacrifice?There are of course no easy answers, but the first step must surely be to accept that death can be as welcome as it is inevitable.

The Welcome Visitor Reviews

This is an important book. It needs to be. Slowly, we are coming to realise that a life well lived might decently conclude with a death well and timely died. We used to know this, although it was only spoken about in code. The medical profession certainly understood it, and then Harold Shipman scared the daylights out of everybody. The baby boomers have tried to jog away from death and are learning that whatever you do you still end up out of breath. Yet what we dread is not death, but the prospect of an agonising time a dying. We shouldn't have to fear it. Thank heavens John is talking about. -- Terry Pratchett 20081113 'Powerful... compelling' -- Daily Mail 20081113 'Comforting... Honest... It is a relief to have some of the private struggles of dealing with death brought out into the open. He is determined to tell it like it is.' -- Daily Telegraph 20081113 'Impassioned and impressive' -- Sunday Time, from an interview with Dominic Lawson 20081113 'Tremendously uplifting ...deserves the widest readership' -- News Talk 20081113

About John Humphrys

In a broadcasting career spanning forty years John Humphrys is best known for presenting Radio 4's Today programme and BBC television's Mastermind. He has won a string of national awards and been described as a 'national treasure'. He owned a dairy farm for ten years and has homes in Wales and London. Dr Sarah Jarvis is a GP in London as well as making regular media appearances in The One Show and with her own column in Good Housekeeping magazine.

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The Welcome Visitor by John Humphrys
Used - Very Good
Hodder & Stoughton
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This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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