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A Good Life to the End : Taking control of our inevitable journey through ageing and death - Ken Hillman

A Good Life to the End

Taking control of our inevitable journey through ageing and death

Paperback Published: 28th June 2017
ISBN: 9781760294816
Number Of Pages: 304

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A professor of intensive care asks why so many elderly people linger in pain and confusion in ICU when all they want is to die at home in peace and with their loved ones. A crucial and timely rallying cry against unnecessary suffering and for humanity and gentle acceptance at the end of our lives.

A huge majority of people at the end of their lives want to die at home, but only a small number manage to do this. This vital book asks why.

Many of us have experienced an elderly loved one coming to the end of their life in a hospital - over-treated, infantilised and, worst of all, facing a death without dignity. Families are being herded into making decisions that are not to the benefit of the patient.

Professor Ken Hillman has worked in intensive care since its inception. But he is appalled by the way the ICU has become a place where the frail, soon-to-die and dying are given unnecessary operations and life-prolonging treatments without their wishes being taken into account.

A Good Life to the End will embolden and equip us to ask about the options that doctors in hospital should offer us but mostly don’t. It lets us know that there are other, gentler options for patients and their loved ones that can be much more sympathetic to the final wishes of most people facing the end of their lives.


An invaluable support for the elderly as well as their families, and a rallying cry for anyone who’s had to witness the unnecessary suffering of a loved one, A Good Life to the End will spark debate, challenge the status quo and change lives.

About the Author

Ken Hillman is a practising intensive care specialist who is a Professor of Intensive Care at the University of New South Wales, the Foundation Director of The Simpson Centre for Health Services Research, and a member of the Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research. He trained at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney and worked in London for six years before returning to Australia as Director of Intensive Care at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney.

Professor Hillman is internationally recognised as a pioneer in the introduction of the Medical Emergency Team, which recognises and responds to seriously ill hospital patients early in their deterioration and has been adopted in the majority of hospitals in the United Kingdom, the United States of America and several European countries. He is also a passionate advocate of improving the management of the dying patient in acute hospitals.

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A Good Life to the End

5

A book that needs to be read by all of us who are of senior years. Explains why medically things go wrong. How to ensure a good peaceful end. Not at all confronting , some humor , and honest.

Perth

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A Good Life to the End

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I purchased this book following listening to Ken Hillman on a radio program. This book prompts consideration for planning for needs during any life-stage but particularly in older age towards end-of-life. The author is factual and empathic, a great combination for the reality of these life transitions. I have purchased additional copies for family members.

NSW

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Thoughtful and informative discussion by a true scholar and

4

Disclosure - Having worked with the author in a previous incarnation already liked his personality and style An intelligent honest and thoughtful discussion about modern medicine humanity and mortality and the vague borders that seperate healthcare and torture. For anyone who is going to die and wants to avoid purgatory A great gift for anyone over 40

Sydney

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An emotional subject written with understanding and feeling.

5

I have witnessed a loved one suffering and coming to end of their life without dignity. I was unaware and unprepared for what was ahead. I wish I'd had Professor Ken Hillman's book "A Good Life to the End" for the help I so desperately needed. I congratulate Professor Hillman on his book and giving me the information on options available for my future journey on the "conveyor belt" for a dignified end. This book should be read by everyone.

NSW Australia

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A Good Life Well Lived

5

If we are to make a choices in how we want to live our life as we age then balanced information is so important. We also need to make choices about aging early if we are to do this your way. Don't be frightened to say how you want to be cared for in later stages of life. Put everything in place before you get there and don't leave decision making to others. It may be NOT be what you want!!!

South Australia

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I will purchase more of this Author's Books.

5

A marvelous Book that every Family could use as a guide regarding End of Life decisions in conjunction with their Family Doctor.

Leongatha, Vic

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I would buy more copies of this book

4

Important reading for all those interested in the medical aspects of ageing, especially in Australia

Canberra

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I would buy more copies

4

Will appeal to all those interested in the medical aspects of ageing

Canberra

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Strongly recommended for its target audiences

4

This book concentrates on the medical aspects of ageing

Canberra

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A must for everyone

5

This book should be read by everyone and certainly by the politicians pushing for euthanasia. It provides a huge dose of common sense which seems to have been lost in our so called hectic lives

Victoria

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ISBN: 9781760294816
ISBN-10: 1760294810
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 28th June 2017
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3