Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

By | May 28, 2019

Named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, The New York Times Book Review, NPR, and Chicago Tribune, now in paperback with a new reading group guide

Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, injury, and disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should.

Through eye-opening research and gripping stories of his own patients and family, Gawande reveals the suffering this dynamic has produced. Nursing homes, devoted above all to safety, battle with residents over the food they are allowed to eat and the choices they are allowed to make. Doctors, uncomfortable discussing patients’ anxieties about death, fall back on false hopes and treatments that are actually shortening lives instead of improving them.

In his bestselling books, Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon, has fearlessly revealed the struggles of his profession. Now he examines its ultimate limitations and failures-in his own practices as well as others’-as life draws to a close. Riveting, honest, and humane, Being Mortal shows how the ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life-all the way to the very end.

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Anonymous on 05/28/2019 at 05:57.

The Old and Sick Are Not Children This is a timely book for me because my parents are very elderly (94 and 88) and determined to stay in their home until the last possible second. After reading this thought provoking book that teaches so much I am thinking that it may be possible for them to stay until the end which could be next week or a few years from now. It’s going to take some organizing, but it looks like it is worth some research and time. It makes me sad to see how much of their independence they have lost, but they…

Anonymous on 05/28/2019 at 06:17.

This book could be a game changer This book could be a game changer, if enough people read it and take it to heart. Atul Gawande addresses end-of-life care, and how we’re getting it wrong, both within the medical establishment and in our families.Dr. Gawande’s book focuses both on medical procedures and living conditions in later life. He addresses the reality that as people near the end of life, decisions about their living situation are primarily aimed at ensuring safety at the expense of retaining autonomy,…

Anonymous on 05/28/2019 at 06:22.

“There is a time for everything…” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) Dr. Gawande writes that modern medicine can extend the limit of our mortality, but there is a finite boundary to that limit. This book is emotionally difficult because the reader and Dr. Gawande confront painful topics that one is loath to consider: aging, frailty and death. Yet, these are essential stages of life and there are essential decisions that one must make at each stage.One can see the signs of aging as they appear on the outside: gray hair, age spots, and wrinkles…

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