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At Death’s Door features over 50 stories drawn from Sepulveda’s experience as a doctor dealing with these patients and families. As states debate the legality of assisted suicide and other end-of-life rights, real people make real decisions every day regarding end of life. Their stories come to life here, and listeners with similar concerns will find relief, comfort, and company as they face these decisions themselves.
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By Gillian on 03-25-18
Gosh, What A Jerk...!
Generally, I have more thoughtful titles for my reviews, but I guess I'm just overwhelmed after almost 11 hours of Sepulveda browbeating patients into signing DNRs and DNIs. He whines, he moans, at times he shows outright contempt for the feelings of his patients. If someone goes into the hospital for a hurt toe, he's cramming a DNR decision down the person's throat if they have underlying medical conditions which he deems make their lives worthless.
Don't get me wrong: I'm a huuuuuge fan of DNRs and do NOT want heroic measures taken on my behalf should I find myself in certain situations, and I can understand why his constant experience with death makes him more realistic than your average person, but he is judge, jury, and at times the mild executioner (Comfort Care at the end of life) and he frowns upon human frailty. Add to this his constant refrain of: They brought it on themselves (tobacco use! obesity! should own up to memory glitches IMMEDIATELY! wasn't wearing a helmet! parties too much!) and you're in for almost 11 hours of unmitigated wretchedness. Plus, May as a narrator delivers it in imperious tones with galling inflections and shotgun emphasis here and there.
No insight, no inspiration, no empathy.
Yes, I want my credit back, but as Sepulveda just pointed out, life is too short, and I want my time back!
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