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Extreme Measures - Finding a Better Path to the End of Life

Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD

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Genres:

Medicine

Description:

For readers of Being Mortal and Modern Death, an ICU and Palliative Care specialist offers a framework for a better way to exit life that will change our medical culture at the deepest level In medical school, no one teaches you how to let a patient die. Jessica Zitter became a doctor because she wanted to be a hero. She elected to specialize in critical care-to become an ICU physician-and imagined herself swooping in to rescue patients from the brink of death. But then during her first code she found herself cracking the ribs of a patient so old and frail it was unimaginable he would ever come back to life. She began to question her choice. Extreme Measures charts Zitter's journey from wanting to be one kind of hero to becoming another-a doctor who prioritizes the patient's values and preferences in an environment where the default choice is the extreme use of technology. In our current medical culture, the old and the ill are put on what she terms the End-of-Life Conveyor belt. They are intubated, catheterized, and even shelved away in care facilities to suffer their final days alone, confused, and often in pain. In her work Zitter has learned what patients fear more than death itself: the prospect of dying badly. She builds bridges between patients and caregivers, formulates plans to allay patients' pain and anxiety, and enlists the support of loved ones so that life can end well, even beautifully. Filled with rich patient stories that make a compelling medical narrative, Extreme Measures enlarges the national conversation as it thoughtfully and compassionately examines an experience that defines being human.

Language:

English

Length:

11h 13m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:10


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:20


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

00:21


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

02:51


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:17


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:16


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:16


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:13


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:29


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:08


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:14


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:38


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:36


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:02


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:55


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:49


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:16


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:09


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:49


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:53


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:47


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:35


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:42


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:15


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:29


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:50


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:45


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:43


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:20


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:34


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:51


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:24


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:14


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:10


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:42


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:36


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:18


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:11


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:54


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:19


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:20


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:19


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:30


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:28


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:54


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:11


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:15


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:09


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:52


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:27


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:48


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:23


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:02


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:33


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:21


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:54


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:25


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:59


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:01


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:32


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:54


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:42


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:57


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:10


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:46


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:00


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:16


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:39


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:37


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:19


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:37


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:36


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:36


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:58


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:59


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:25


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:37


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:45


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:36


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:31


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:11


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:37


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:00


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:20


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:40


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:54


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:47


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:44


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:21


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:28


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:19


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:44


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:56


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:15


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:01


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:33


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:47


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:53


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:25


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

07:50


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:40


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:09


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:35


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:26


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

07:30


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

08:05


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

07:21


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

07:55


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:50


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

06:46


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:39


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:36


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:49


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

00:36


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

05:12