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A Midwife through the Dying Process Stories of Healing and Hard Choices at the End of Life by Timothy E. Quill

A Midwife through the Dying Process Stories of Healing and Hard Choices at the End of Life


A Midwife through the Dying Process Stories of Healing and Hard Choices at the End of Life by Timothy E. Quill

Approximately two-thirds of deaths in the United States involve a doctor's partnership with an individual, whether it be for the administration of pain relief or sedation or for the act of discontinuing or not beginning life-sustaining treatment. In A Midwife through the Dying Process, Timothy Quill, M.D., explores that partnership and the complex end-of-life issues that surround physician-assisted death. Here are the stories of nine individuals and their very different endings, common only in each person's struggle to confront issues of law and ethics and to realize a good death.


Quill's portraits of his own role and that of other physicians who have aided their patients in dying are direct, honest, and extremely informative... Many readers will see Quill's composite portrait as the best, most evocative description of a physician's appropriate role in assisting a patient who is dying, that of a 'midwife through the dying process'-a phrase he borrowed from one of his patients. * New England Journal of Medicine *

About the Author

Timothy E. Quill, M.D., is associate chief of medicine at The Genesee Hospital in Rochester and professor of medicine and psychiatry at the University of Rochester.

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Publication date

28th November 2001


Timothy E. Quill

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Johns Hopkins University Press


256 pages


Medical ethics & professional conduct



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