Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life Read Online Free - An ICU and Palliative Care specialist featured in the Oscar-nominated Netflix documentary Extremis offers a framework for a better way to exit life that will change our medical culture at the deepest level
In medical school, no one teaches you how to let a patient die.
Jessica Zitter became a doctor because she wanted to be a hero. She elected to specialize in critical care--to become an ICU physician--and imagined herself swooping in to rescue patients from the brink of death. But then during her first code she found herself cracking the ribs of a patient so old and frail it was unimaginable he would ever come back to life. She began to question her choice.
Extreme Measures charts Zitter's journey from wanting to be one kind of hero to becoming another--a doctor who prioritizes the patient's values and preferences in an environment where the default choice is the extreme use of technology. In our current medical culture, the old and the ill are put on what she terms the End-of-Life Conveyor belt. They are intubated, catheterized, and even shelved away in care facilities to suffer their final days alone, confused, and often in pain. In her work Zitter has learned what patients fear more than death itself: the prospect of dying badly. She builds bridges between patients and caregivers, formulates plans to allay patients' pain and anxiety, and enlists the support of loved ones so that life can end well, even beautifully.
Filled with rich patient stories that make a compelling medical narrative, Extreme Measures enlarges the national conversation as it thoughtfully and compassionately examines an experience that defines being human.
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January 31, 2018
Engaging and informative, Jessica Zitter's examination of the current state of end-of-life treatments and how they might best be navigated is really excellent. Zitter is trained and experienced in both pulmonary/critical care medicine and palliative care medicine, and she balances these two persp...
January 31, 2017
This book is an eyeopener in ways that I don't think any of us truly consider until we ourselves are knocking on death's door. A lot of the information contained in this book is worrisome -- mostly because it forces the reader to put themselves in that "End of Life' situation that is being portra...
March 14, 2018
If you or someone you love might die someday you should read this book.
November 06, 2017
A riveting read, endlessly fascinating and informative. There is nothing to be gained and much to be lost by running away from thoughts and discussions of death. The Intensive Care Unit and certain more aggressive interventions have a place in critical care, but their risk, effect on quality of l...
April 16, 2017
Jessica Zitter is an Intensive Care Specialist Dr who also works as a Palliative Care Dr, and in this books she talks about her experiences working in the hospital and the lessons she has learned.
She is able to talk about some of the hard choices that people face when they become critically unwe...
February 16, 2017
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The topics of death and end of life aren't exactly the most popular of dinnertime discussions. In Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter's book, Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life, Zitter discusses these topics in length, both enlightening...
August 14, 2017
The cover of this book caught my eye at the library. I wasn't sure what it was about, exactly, maybe a philosophy on living? When I thumbed through and found out it was a sort of doctor's memoir, it put me in mind of family and friends who are in that field, and my grandparents, who are older. Re...
March 25, 2017
I am very fortunate to have received this book as a Goodreads giveaway, otherwise I may not have read it, or at least not gotten to it for some time. I think this is one that will stay with me, and help guide future decisions.
This author trained first as an Intensive Care Specialist physician, b...
May 05, 2017
The title of this book made me think it might be pretty dry reading, but it is not. It isn't just for people with a medical background either. If someone you know, including yourself, is going to die someday, you should read it. In other words, everyone should read it. After Dr. Zitter graduated...
January 23, 2017
Extreme Measures describes the personal journey of Dr Zitter through medical training and years of practice as an attending physician in the ICU. Along the way, she learned that the complex equipment and potent drugs provided to the most critically ill patients are not always appropriate. More im...