Knocking on Heaven's Door
When doctors refused to disable the pacemaker that enabled her 84-year-old father’s heart to outlive his debilitating stroke and dementia, journalist Katy Butler embarked on a quest to understand why modern medicine was depriving him of a humane and timely death. “Every day across the country,” she writes, “family caregivers find themselves pondering a medical procedure that may save the life of someone beloved and grown frail.” But, when is it time to stop intervening and let nature take its course? When is it time to say to a doctor, "Let my loved one go?" With a reporter’s skill, a poet’s eye, and a daughter’s love, Butler points the way to a new art of dying for our biotechnological age.