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Dying at the MarginsReflections on Justice and Healing for Inner-City Poor$
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David Wendell Moller

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199760145

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199760145.001.0001

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Reflections on an Urban Thoreau

Reflections on an Urban Thoreau

A Peaceful Ending to the Life of Cowboy

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12 Reflections on an Urban Thoreau
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Dying at the Margins
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David Wendell Moller

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199760145.003.0012

Cowboy’s story reminds us that the care of the dying is best done in community. His increasing vulnerability is an uncomfortable reminder that we, too, may someday be dependent upon others to meet our needs. Despite our attempts to distance ourselves from the dying, we each may all too soon find ourselves alienated and marginalized in the very institutional “system” that at present so poorly cares for others. Cowboy is a reminder that we, too, may one day have to rely upon others for compassionate and competent care that is reliably delivered. Cowboy’s story calls us to action, for in designing a system that will reliably meet his needs, we are also taking steps to better ensure that our own needs will be met when our time comes.

Keywords:   marginalization, poverty, professionalism, ethical practice, ethical and moral distress, advocacy and leadership, transformation of healthcare

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