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The Better End

, 160 pages
December 2011



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The Better End

Surviving (and Dying) on Your Own Terms in Today's Modern Medical World

While modern Americans strive to control nearly every aspect of their lives, many of us abandon control of life's final passage. But the realities of twenty-first-century medicine will allow most of us to have a say in how, when, and where we die, so we need to make decisions here, too. Through compelling real-life stories and practical guidance, this book helps readers navigate end-of-life care for themselves and their loved ones.

The Better End is about hope, empowerment, and inspiration. What we choose for our end-of-life care depends on accurate information and on our personal values. We need not only to understand new medical advances but also to appreciate the wisdom of humanity's past and present.

Dan Morhaim, a practicing physician and Maryland state legislator, guides readers through the medical and legal maze of end-of-life care. He details the care choices available to patients and explains why living wills and advance directives are a necessity for every American. He tells readers where to find free and readily available living wills and advance directives and why it is so important for everyone—young and old—to complete them.

Dr. Morhaim helps readers keep decisions in their own hands and spare their families the uncertainty and trauma of guessing about their end-of-life wishes. With this book, he breaks down the barriers to a difficult but essential topic, helping readers to open this often avoided discussion with their loved ones and providing the information and guidance needed to ensure that deeply held values are reflected and honored.

Dan Morhaim, M.D., is an adjunct professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Deputy Majority Leader of the Maryland House of Delegates. He is board certified in emergency medicine and internal medicine.

"[Morhaim] cautions in The Better End, his excellent new book... if you don't plan your own end, somebody else will do it for you."

"This book will prepare readers to discuss this very important topic."

"This book is very helpful if you are facing end of life issues for yourself or someone you love. The author has the unique ability to present complex, emotionally fraught information in a simple but not overly simplistic manner, willing to discuss some of the toughest things life and death throw our way."

"HFAM highly recommends providers and families pick up a copy of The Better End."

"No one understands this better than Dan Morhaim... After reading Morhaim's book, The Better End: Surviving (and Dying) on Your Own Terms in Today's Modern Medical World, you'll want to be sure you have a living will or advance directive[s] in place—for your own good, for your family's good and for your country's as well."

" The Better End is a common-sense medical book written in layman's language by a doctor... Morhaim shows a nice bedside manner. He's a doctor gently guiding us through end-time, taking some of the mystery out of it, and trying to make it as painless as he possibly can."

"In The Better End, Dr. Morhaim helps the reader to see that while death does have its sting, it need not be bitter, and each of us can prepare for the end in better ways."

" The Better End is long overdue. It provides practical advice about preparing for the end of our lives and the lives of our loved ones. Over the years of neurosurgical practice, I have seen so many families that could have benefitted greatly from this book. I hope it will be widely read."

"Possibly my parents’ most important gift to me was the living will they prepared. In this book Dan Morhaim tells us how to prepare ourselves and our loved ones. I plan to give a copy to my children."

"Planning for death is part of life. Everyone who cares about their family and wants to make informed choices about end-of-life care should read this book."

"Dan Morhaim’s message is a must read for anyone who is facing end-of-life crisis issues and concerns, whether it be for themselves or for a family member or loved one. When so many others shun away from the topic, Dan Morhaim addresses the situation with clarity, insight, and sensitivity."

"For anyone facing end-of-life issues–and that's really everyone–it's a must-read."

"A 'must' for any general consumer health holding!"

"By confronting the barriers to this difficult but essential topic, Dr. Morhaim offers readers hope, empowerment, dignity and control in managing medical crises and end-of-life care."

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