"Partly because it addresses one of the most critical, complex, and controversial issues of our time, this is an important book. It is also a highly readable, informative, even entertaining one . . . "A Life Worth Living "is a book for any citizen concerned about the continued well-being of this country . . . [Martensen] has the eye for telling detail, the ear for dialogue, and the narrative drive of a good fiction writer; the scholarly judgment to put modern medicine in the context of a long and complex history; the professional experience of treating seriously ill patients; and finally a profound and compassionate understanding of what constitutes "health."" --William T. Hamilton, "The Bloomsbury Review ""Though it can be read in a single sitting, "A Life Worth Living" "A Doctor's Reflections on illness in a High-Tech Era."..is so packed with information and insight that it can change your life and the lives of those who seek your advice about caring for the critically ill.