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Fragments on the Deathwatch
Fragments on the Deathwatch is a humane and lyrical look at the vigil over the dying. Despite the long cultural traditions and profound psychological benefits of the deathwatch, the institutions of modern life - from hospitals to courtrooms - have intruded in this essential practice. Through literature, philosophy, history, and autobiography, the author delicately probes ...more
Hardcover, 228 pages
Published March 31st 1998 by Beacon Press
(first published March 19th 1998)
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The topic of "the deathwatch" seemed like it could be really interesting, but this book fell flat. It had way too many footnotes, so many that it seems like the book would have been cut in half if they were taken out - and the book isn't even very long to begin with. The problem is is two-fold. First, many of the footnotes were unnecessary explanations and anecdotes. Second, whoever chose the type and lay out of the book made the mistake of choosing a font size for the footnotes similar to the ...more