"This is a death without dignity," Hogan said.
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Tyler Davidson has just discovered his colleague, Hugh Disner, dead in the men's room of the building in which they both have offices at a second-tier state university. Tyler immediately becomes a suspect since he has a known history of disdain for Disner and is hounded throughout by a no-nonsense detective named Smockley. He complicates matters by starting a relationship with Disner's widow, Breda. Meanwhile, Tyler fears that he himself might the next murder victim. What develops is the unraveling of the mystery surrounding Disner's death, along with a study in paranoia, one which colors everything Tyler does, from teaching classes, to grading papers in his office or home, to attending committee meetings, and to promoting his novel called DAVIDSON'S HELL (a modernized version of Dante's "Inferno"). Interlaced is a humorous treatment of academia, including pretentious professors, feckless administrators, inept students, and silly traditions. DEATH WITHOUT DIGNITY is sure to keep you laughing while you feel all of Tyler's fear and suspense.
Witnessing death without dignity
In the conception of death with dignity outlined, the term “death” has been taken to apply to the process of dying, and the term “dignity” has been taken to apply roughly to someone who lives well (in the Aristotelian sense of living in accordance with reason). It follows from this that dignity is a function of someone’s personal qualities and that a death with dignity is a personal achievement; it is not something that can be conferred by others, such as health care professionals. By contrast, indignities are affronts to personal dignity. They are things that prevent or impede someone from living with dignity, mainly because they prevent him from taking an active, reasoned part in his own life. Health care professionals have a twin role here; the first is not to impose such indignities, the second is to minimise them, wherever possible
In our own nation, we have seen the initial legislative efforts of "death with dignity" limited to the patient's free choice to withdraw truly medical methods of the preservation of life, such as ventilators, to legislation which permitted the patient to choose to withdraw food and water. This has progressed even further to legislative and judicial decisions allowing others to make that decision for the patient when the patient has not, and in many instances, cannot make that decision for himself.Coope goes on to ask whether there may be any more objective notion of death with dignity. He suggests that, in so far as there is, it is a disturbing one. In particular, it seems to be thought that being “ministered to as helpless” is undignified. Hence, the weak and the injured are subject to Nietzchian contempt for living lives beneath or without human dignity. He concludes that, whilst it might be possible to construct a satisfactory notion of death with dignity along these lines there seems to be no good reason to do so. Talk of death with dignity adds nothing to the discussion of how best to treat people who are dying, or living lives of poor quality.