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Dear Life

A Doctor's Story of Love and Loss

by Rachel Clarke

Dear Life by Rachel Clarke X
Dear Life by Rachel Clarke
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    Sep 2020, 336 pages

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Rory L. Aronsky
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In this poignant memoir, Dr. Rachel Clarke narrates her career trajectory and how she found her calling in palliative care.

"Yet rarely, if ever, is the classical presentation of dying taught at medical school. Small wonder families feel horribly adrift, when even the doctors are ill-equipped to navigate these waters." – Rachel Clarke

The person you knew, perhaps your entire life, is no longer who they used to be.

Showers taken every day are now only twice a week, with the help of a home hospice nurse who comes only for this and other grooming necessities. The other hospice nurse monitors medications and deterioration. Any changes since yesterday? It may be time for a hospital bed to be delivered.

The near-legendary appetite that defined them is practically nil. Favorite foods have been left behind on this final stretch. Late afternoons spent recounting the activities of a classroom, what the students asked and learned, have given way to episodes of Maury and Cash Cab while regret ripples ...

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