Dancing with Broken Bones: Poverty, Race, and Spirit-filled Dying in the Inner City

Paperback | April 27, 2012

byDavid Wendell Moller

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Dancing with Broken Bones gives voice and face to a vulnerable and disempowered population whose stories often remain untold: the urban dying poor. Drawing on complex issues surrounding poverty, class, and race, Moller illuminates the unique sufferings that often remain unknown and hiddenwithin a culture of broad invisibility. He demonstrates how a complex array of factors, such as mistrust of physicians, regrettable indignities in care, and inadequate communication among providers, patients, and families, shape the experience of the dying poor in the inner city. This book challenges readers to look at reality in a different way. Demystifying stereotypes that surround poverty, Moller illuminates how faith, remarkable optimism, and an unassailable spirit provide strength and courage to the dying poor. Dancing with Broken Bones serves as a rallying call forcompassionate individuals everywhere to understand and respond to the needs of the especially vulnerable, yet inspiring, people who comprise the world of the inner city dying poor.

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Dancing with Broken Bones gives voice and face to a vulnerable and disempowered population whose stories often remain untold: the urban dying poor. Drawing on complex issues surrounding poverty, class, and race, Moller illuminates the unique sufferings that often remain unknown and hiddenwithin a culture of broad invisibility. He demon...

David Wendell Moller is Chair of the Department of Bioethics at Kansas City University if Medicine and Biosciences. Previously, he served as Director of Human Values in Medicine at Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and he has held academic positions at the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine, Indiana University,...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:April 27, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199760138

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Introduction: Revisiting Dancing with Broken Bones1. Crossing the Tracks2. Dying Poor: An Invisible World3. Dying the Public Hospital System: Institutional Arrangements and Provider Perspectives4. Courage Through Suffering: Snapshots of the Dying Poor5. Triumph and Faith Through Harsh Reality and Personal Tragedy: Lucille Angel6. Life on the Brink: Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler7. A Conclusion: Conscious Listening, Mindful Presence-A Lesson LearnedEpilogue. An Urban Thoreau