Death With Dignity, Over 44,000 Views on YouTube and Counting

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Could a book trailer on end-of-life choices become the latest YouTube hit? Named “Best of 2011” by Kirkus Reviews, the recently-published book Death with Dignity provides an in-depth look at how we die in America today.

Death With Dignity

A lucid, powerful argument for letting dying patients go gentle into that good night.
— Kirkus Star Review

Can the dilemma of physician-assisted dying be captured on YouTube? Can a video trailer capture the strange landscape that is called end of life? According to author Robert Orfali, YouTube can be a powerful medium for discussing end-of-life choices and, in the case of aid in dying, the lack of choices. He says, “My YouTube book trailer puts a human face on this complicated topic.” Surprisingly, this four-minute video was able to capture the essence of what his recently-published book Death with Dignity is all about. With almost 45,000 views and counting, Orfali may be onto something.

Robert Orfali’s recent book Death with Dignity: The Case for Legalizing Physician-Assisted Dying and Euthanasia is an in-depth exploration of the shortcomings of our end-of-life system. The reader will learn about terminal torture in hospital ICUs and about the alternatives: hospice and palliative care. With laser-sharp focus, Orfali scrutinizes the good, the bad, and the ugly. He provides an insightful critique of the practice of palliative sedation. The book makes a strong case that assisted dying complements hospice. Oregon, by providing both, now has the best palliative-care system in America.  Oregon leads the nation in the number of deaths occurring at home, effective use of pain medication, early patient referrals to hospice care, and improved quality of end-of-life care.

“Orfali approaches this agonizing subject with common sense informed by extensive research and an acute sensitivity to the dilemmas faced by dying patients and their families and doctors. The result is a thought-provoking contribution to the debate over this explosive issue. A lucid, powerful argument for letting dying patients go gentle into that good night.”
— Kirkus Star Review

Robert Orfali, the guru of client/server systems in the early days of Silicon Valley, co-authored three best-selling books that demystified the complexity of these mission-critical systems and made them understandable to a whole new generation of programmers. The books sold over a million copies. In this book, Robert uses his analytical skills to deconstruct the most complex system he has yet encountered: our modern end-of-life system. He wrote this book after helping his soulmate and coauthor, Jeri, navigate her death from ovarian cancer in 2009. The deep emotions Robert felt allowed him to look at how we die from a different perspective, another angle. Robert also wrote Grieving a Soulmate.

Paperback: 254 pages
Publisher: Mill City Press, Inc. 
Publication date: April 15, 2011
ISBN-10: 1936780186
ISBN-13: 978-1936780181
Paperback list price: $14.95
E-book list price: only $ 0.99 “almost free.”

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