Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End


Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End Author Atul Gawande
ISBN-10 1250076226
ISBN-13 9781250076229
Year 2017-09-05
Pages 304
Language English
Publisher Picador
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Named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post The New York Times Book Review NPR Chicago TribuneMedicine 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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