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Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
Being Mortal Medicine and What Matters in the End
Author: Atul Gawande
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 ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781250076229
ISBN-10: 1250076226
Publication Date: 9/29/2015
Pages: 304
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3.9 stars, based on 9 ratings
Publisher: Picador
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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mdobrev avatar reviewed Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End on
Helpful Score: 2
This book is incredible, a must read. It really shifted my thinking about illness and end of life decisions. I will never be the same. This book is a gift.
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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.
njmom3 avatar reviewed Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End on + 1136 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
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.

Read my complete review at: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2014/12/being-mortal-medicine-and-what-matters.html
knut avatar reviewed Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End on + 38 more book reviews
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This is another book club recommendation and I found it so pertinent to our times. The first chapters were (mistakenly) taken as a condemnation of the decision to place elderly parents in assisted living. Then the author gave a history of "nursing homes" and what end-of-life situations were before the growth of the assisted living possibility.I found it to be an affirmation that these difficult decisons we make for others are nothing new, but our options now are an improvement over 50 to 100 years ago. The final chapters were a guide (from his personal experience) to talking with family concerning end of life expectations.
I would not describe this as a fun read, but think it would be a benefit if a family member is brave enough approach the topic.
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