Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End (Paperback)

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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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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 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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ISBN 9781250076229
Length (cm) 14.0000
Width (cm) 2.0000
Height (cm) 21.0000
Publisher Picador USA
Publication Date Sep 5, 2017
Pages (number) 304
Genre Education and Reference
Author Atul Gawande
Signed No
Format Paperback
Editorial Reviews

"A sensitive, intelligent and heartfelt examination of the processes of aging and dying." - Kirkus Reviews

"Distressed by how “the waning days of our lives are given over to treatments that addle our brains and sap our bodies for a sliver’s chance of benefit,” surgeon Gawande (The Checklist Manifesto, 2010) confronts the contemporary experience of aging and dying. . . As a writer and a doctor, Gawande appreciates the value of a good ending." - Booklist Online (starred review)

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