Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
Being Mortal Medicine and What Matters in the End Author:Atul Gawande From surgeon and bestselling author Atul Gawande, a book that has the potential to change medicine--and lives. — Being Mortal looks at the way modern medicine has changed the experience of dying, what the implications of this change are for each of us, and what we would need to do to change a system that knows a lot about prolonging life but litt... more »le about tending to death.
At the heart of this book is something larger and more lasting than even its agenda for how to effect change: it is a deeply humane portrayal of how our society copes with who we really are. We are not economic beings. We are not political beings. We are not digital beings or analog beings, social beings or solitary beings. We are mortal beings. And in that is every important thing to know about how we must live.« less
Bonnie H. reviewed Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End on
Helpful Score: 2
This book was well written and easily understood. It deals with people needing medical/emotional care, and includes reasons why people don't want to go to assisted living facilities or nursing homes. It really helped me understand some unknown things to look for when I helped locate an assisted living apartment for a friend of mine who had dementia. I read it at the perfect time (for my friend), so it would be a good read for children with aging parents, and really, for everyone. It also deals with end of life decisions.
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Harvard professor and surgeon Atul Gawande takes on the conversation we so often avoid the one about choices at the end of life. Writing with knowledge and compassion, he takes on different aspects of end of life care - nursing homes, hospice care, the role of medicine, the role of family, and individual choice. The book presents research and history and grounds the ideas through case studies. I would highly recommend this book to everyone.
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