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Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by 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, Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon, 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, Gawande 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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W hen my father-in-law was in hospital, we asked his doctor if he was dying. She blustered, looked embarrassed and, eventually, said no. It would have been a different, richer, kinder three months. His latest book, written with his customary warmth and panache, is a plea to the medical profession and the rest of us to shift away from simply fighting for longer life towards fighting for the things that make life meaningful. He makes his case through stories of his family, friends and patients. A good life at the age of 93 may look very different from the same thing at For his father, it was being able to send emails.

She begged Zeus that her lover be granted immortality. The two lovers lived in great happiness for many years until Tithonus began to show signs of age. There he babbles endlessly, and no more has strength such as once he had in his supple limbs. The Greeks chose their myths with care; this one illustrates two dilemmas about death and ageing that in the west we are only now beginning to grapple with. The first is how we plan to care for loved ones who, though their bodies and minds are weakening, are granted great longevity.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…., The book addresses end-of-life care , hospice care, and also contains Gawande's reflections and personal stories. Throughout the book, Gawande follows a hospice nurse on her rounds, a geriatrician in his clinic, and reformers overturning nursing homes.

Genre: Treatise. Toggle navigation. External Resource. Date of entry: Jun In Western culture, there are taboos against death because it fits neither into post-Enlightenment notions of progress and perfection nor into medical notions of control, even domination of human biology. A surgeon and an investigator, Gawande draws on his patients, his family, and travels to various hospitals and other caregiving places in order to confront death and see how approaches such as hospice and palliative care can improve our understanding, acceptance, and preparation for death. Gawande has harsh words for contemporary medicine, the supposed caregiver for the dying and their families.




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