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Crossing OverNarratives of Palliative Care$
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David Barnard, Anna M. Towers, Patricia Boston, and Yanna Lambrinidou

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780195123432

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195123432.001.0001

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Richard Johnson: “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”

Richard Johnson: “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”

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(p.250) 14 Richard Johnson: “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”
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Crossing Over
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David Barnard (Contributor Webpage)

Patricia Boston R.N.

Anna Towers

Yanna Lambrinidou

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195123432.003.0014

This chapter discusses the case of Richard Johnson, a 51 year old who had an advanced carcinoma of the prostrate. Its emphasis is on the aggressiveness and the determination of young people to fight cancer to the end. On the diagnosis of his disease, Mr. Johnson refused chemotherapy. However, when his diseased became advanced, he opted for aggressive treatments. Despite the fact that chemotherapy was a purely experimental treatment, Mr. Johnson nevertheless hoped that the treatment would prolong his life. He preferred an inpatient palliative care program, as this gave him assurance that he would be provided with aggressive biomedical interventions. The Johnsons were involved with the medical decisions down to the last detail; however, Mr. Johnson often did not involve his wife in crucial decisions. Mr. Johnson died of a conflicted death and this was reflected in how his wife and sons grieved for him.

Keywords:   advanced carcinoma, prostrate, aggressiveness, determination, aggressive treatments, prolong life, biomedical interventions

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