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The Renewal of GenerosityIllness, Medicine, and How to Live$
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Arthur W. Frank

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780226260150

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226260259.001.0001

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“So that I can carry on”

“So that I can carry on”

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(p.106) Chapter Five “So that I can carry on”
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The Renewal of Generosity
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Arthur W. Frank

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226260259.003.0006

This chapter tells the story of a palliative care nurse, Linda, and the generosity of the care she offers. Linda, speaking in a brief interview excerpt, describes her relationship with a patient named Miriam Lambert, whose suffering could not be relieved as well as what Linda wants to believe she and her colleagues usually can provide for people who are dying. Linda speaks within the immediacy of the work she describes; she does not write, edit, and revise. Her story evokes the chaos of generosity while it is being practiced, yet she carries on. One can recognize the generosity of her perseverance only when one feels the chaos of her work. Linda's story is told as one part of an ethnography of Miriam Lambert's final hospitalization and death narrated by Anna Towers, a palliative care physician in Montreal.

Keywords:   generosity, Miriam Lambert, suffering, ethnography, Anna Towers, death, palliative care, hospitalization

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