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Introduction

  • John Anthony Tercier
Part of the Language, Discourse, Society book series (LDS)

Abstract

How do we picture ourselves dying? A ‘death with dignity’ — the darkened room, the family gathered around the bedside, a few murmured farewells, and then an exit ‘gentle into that good night’? Essentially, it’s a nineteenth-century death: a tubercular death ameliorated by opium, a death that has come to be labelled the ‘good death’. Or is it in the lights-flashing, siren-wailing, chest-pumping maelstrom of an ambulance hurtling towards the ER?2 Certainly, in the last ten years, the two most robust vehicles of popular culture, film and television, have opted for the latter. In films such as Flatliners and Bringing Out the Dead, and in television shows such as ER and Casualty,3 we are confronted, almost nightly, with a technological whirlwind of death.

Keywords

Palliative Care Chest Compression Television Show Popular Culture Good Death 
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© John Anthony Tercier 2005

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