Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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Having been through the death of my husband's 45-year-old sister almost 3 years ago (terminal with liver cancer, in & out of coma), I believe that if there is no reasonable hope of some recovery, it is more humane not to intervene to put off the end. We were told by palliative care experts that withholding nutrition & hydration when these must be done by tube or IV hastens a peaceful death; a gradual slide into haze, then deep coma, not painful & less of a misery than my sister-in-law suffered from her wasting disease and the pain caused by a chest tube to drain her fluid-filling upper body. A terminal condition ("end-stage liver disease"), I know, is not the same as a chronic vegetative state, but the end caused by withholding fluids is said to be less painful than death by infection or cancer, likely in a bedridden, immobile patient. Letting go is not evil.

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