© 2005

The Contemporary Deathbed

The Ultimate Rush

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Part of the Language, Discourse, Society book series (LDS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. John Anthony Tercier
      Pages 1-5
  3. The Paradigms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. John Anthony Tercier
      Pages 9-23
    3. John Anthony Tercier
      Pages 24-48
    4. John Anthony Tercier
      Pages 49-94
  4. The Techniques

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. John Anthony Tercier
      Pages 97-123
    3. John Anthony Tercier
      Pages 124-153
    4. John Anthony Tercier
      Pages 154-186
  5. The Fantasies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. John Anthony Tercier
      Pages 189-218
    3. John Anthony Tercier
      Pages 219-244
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 245-297

About this book


How do we picture ourselves dying? A 'death with dignity', the darkened room, and a few murmured farewells? Or in the lights' flashing, siren wailing, chest-pumping maelstrom of the back of an ambulance hurtling towards an ER? Over the last decade, the two most robust vehicles of popular culture: film and television, have opted for the latter scenario. This book examines the hi-tech death of the twenty-first century as enacted in our hospitals and as portrayed on our TV screens.


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About the authors

JOHN TERCIER is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, USA. He is an emergency medicine specialist and cultural historian and has practised and taught in Canada, the USA, the UK and the Middle East. His continuing research examines the influence of the media on medical practice.

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