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In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending
Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering.
Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person's last weeks or months may be rich and dignified.
Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.
Audie Award Finalist, National MS Society Books for a Better Life Award Winner, The Economist Magazine Books of the Year, Oprah.com Best Books of the Year, Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers, L.A. Times Book Prize - Finalist, NPR Best Book of the Year, Barnes and Noble Best New Books of the Year, Shelf Awareness Best Books of the Year, Los Angeles Times Holiday Books Guide, Apple iBooks Best of the Year, Indies Choice Book Awards Winner, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Guide to the 100 Best Books of the Year, Amazon.com Best Books of the Year, Buzzfeed Best Books of the Year
I learned about a lot of things in medical school, but mortality wasn't one of them. Although I was given a dry, leathery corpse to dissect in my first term, that was solely a way to learn about human anatomy. Our textbooks...
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