Handbook for Mortals : Guidance For People Facing Serious Illness
By Joanne Lynn, M.D. and Joan Harrold, M.D.
Foreword by Rosalynn Carter, Publication date: March, 1999, 242 pp., ISBN: 0195146018 (hardback)
There's a wealth of sensible advice on how to make decisions about care, where to find support and treatment resources, how to communicate with physicians, how to get effective pain management, when to let go of medical treatment, issues in hastening death, and a host of other fundamental concerns. There's a discussion of the ethical issues of assisted suicide that balances arguments from several sides of the question. The book handles many specialized situations, with details on several common disease processes and types of death. A solid resource guide points readers to major sources of information for further study and support.