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On Death without Dignity
The Human Impact of Technological Dying

ISBN 9780415783835
Published August 14, 2018 by Routledge
116 Pages

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Book Description

Candidly written, ""On Death Without Dignity: The Human Impact of Technological Dying"", attempts to re-humanize the inevitable biological occurrence called dying. It is Moller's view that through the advancement of medicalized technology, has come the demise of the contemporary dying process. The oncological death is reflected as failure in the part of modern medicine, the physician, and the hospital; yet the patient experiences alienation, stigma, helplessness, and normlessness. Yet as a culture the current societal approach to the dying-silent avoidance-only adds to this alienation. Society has failed to provide the necessary rules for this universal, social, and biological event.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

Introductory Précis: Jack Elinson, Ph.D.


Technology, Meaning, and Death
Meaning of death or death of meaning

Death and Denial in Modern America

Technological Medicine, The Technocratic Physician and Human Dying

Individualism, Fellowship, and Dying
The non-communal environment
 Dying and loss of fellowship

Modern Dying and Social Organization of the Hospital
The hospital as total institution
 Patient alienation within the hospital

The Stigma of Dying
Identity problems: Beyond the looking-glass
 The stigma of dying: Scenarios of personal terror
 Sexuality and dying: Fertile ground for stigma
 As the new self emerges

Approaching Omega: The Roller Coaster of Dying
The course of dying and societal forces

A Concluding Statement on Technology and the Social Isolation of Dying

A Methodological Note



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