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Consoling GhostsStories of Medicine and Mourning from Southeast Asians in Exile$
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Jean M. Langford

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816687176

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816687176.001.0001

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Disciplines of Dying

Disciplines of Dying

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(p.78) (p.79) Chapter 3 Disciplines of Dying
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Consoling Ghosts
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Jean M. Langford

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816687176.003.0004

I offer fragments of a geneaology of contemporary bioethics to contextualize the institutional quest for “natural” death. Drawing on observations of hospice and post mortem care, I argue that medicine institutionalizes a division between matter and spirit, infusing end-of-life care with Christian eschatological assumptions.

Keywords:   death, spirits, violence, materiality, haunting, mourning

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