Katy Butler | Knocking on Heaven's Door

Jun 25 2014 7:00 pm
Jun 25 2014 9:00 pm
1511 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City
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Join author, Katy Butler, for a discussion and signing of her new book, Knocking on Heaven's Door. We are delighted to welcome Dr. Jay Jacobson and Dr. Samuel Brown in a panel discussion with Katy about the issues her book addresses. Dr. Jacobson, M.D., MACP is Professor Emeritus in the Divisions of Medical Ethics and Humanities and Infectious Disease at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Intermountain Medical Center. He facilitates the Literature and Medicine Book Club through our bookstore. Dr. Samuel Brown, ICU physician, medical researcher, and cultural historian, is Assistant Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Medical Ethics and Humanities at Intermountain Medical Center/University of Utah.

When doctors refused to disable the pacemaker that caused her eighty-four-year-old father’s heart to outlive his brain, Katy Butler, an award-winning science writer, embarked on a quest to understand why modern medicine was depriving him of a humane, timely death. After his lingering death, Katy’s mother, nearly broken by years of nonstop caregiving, defied her doctors, refused open-heart surgery, and insisted on facing death the old-fashioned way: bravely, lucidly, and head on. 

Against this backdrop of familial love, wrenching moral choices, and redemption, Knocking on Heaven’s Door celebrates the inventors of the 1950s who cobbled together lifesaving machines like the pacemaker—and it exposes the tangled marriage of technology, medicine, and commerce that gave us a modern way of death: more painful, expensive, and prolonged than ever before.


Places in the signing line are reserved for those who purchase a copy of the book from The King's English.

GET YOUR COPY NOW! Preorder your signed copy of Knocking on Heaven's Door today, by either calling the store at 801-484-9100 or ordering online. Please specify if you will be attending the event and if you want your book personalized.

Book List
ISBN-13: 9781451641981
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner Book Company, 6/2014