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Not only does the medicalization of terminal care ritualize macabre dreams and
enlarge professional license for obscene endeavors: the escalation of terminal
treatments removes from the physician all need to prove the technical
Careful statistical findings have confirmed their intuition: the higher mortality of
those benefitted by mechanical care in the hospital is usually ascribed to fright.
221 Black Magic Technical intervention in the physical and biochemical make-up
57 Eric J. Cassel, "Dying in a Technical Society," Hastings Center Studies 2 (May
1974): 31-36: "There has been a shift of death from within the moral order to the
technical order. ... I do not believe that men were inherently more moral in the ...
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The Medicalization of Life
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