Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End Atul Gawande

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

Author: Atul Gawande
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Book Title
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
Author
Atul Gawande
ISBN
9780805095159
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 endingMedicine 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.Binding Type: HardcoverAuthor: Atul GawandePublisher: Metropolitan BooksPublished: 10/07/2014ISBN: 9780805095159Pages: 282Weight: 0.85lbsSize: 8.30h x 5.80w x 1.20dAward: New England Book Award - WinnerAward: L.A. Times Book Prize - FinalistAward: Books for a Better Life - WinnerAward: Indies Choice Book Awards - WinnerReview Citations: Library Journal Prepub Alert 05/15/2014 pg. 50Kirkus Reviews 08/01/2014Kirkus Reviews Fall Preview 08/15/2014 pg. 29Booklist 10/01/2014 pg. 8Shelf Awareness 10/10/2014New York Times Book Review 11/16/2014 pg. 26New York Times Book Review 11/09/2014 pg. 14NY Times Notable Bks of Year 12/07/2014 pg. 27Shelf Awareness 12/12/2014Christian Century 12/10/2014 pg. 25Booklist Editors Choice/Adult 01/01/2015 pg. 8New York Review of Books 01/08/2015 pg. 20BookPage 10/01/2014Christian Century 02/18/2015 pg. 32New York Times Book Review 05/17/2015 pg. 28Choice 06/01/2015Library Journal 05/15/2014


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.



Binding Type: Hardcover
Author: Atul Gawande
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
Published: 10/07/2014
ISBN: 9780805095159
Pages: 282
Weight: 0.85lbs
Size: 8.30h x 5.80w x 1.20d
Award: New England Book Award - Winner
Award: L.A. Times Book Prize - Finalist
Award: Books for a Better Life - Winner
Award: Indies Choice Book Awards - Winner

Review Citations: Library Journal Prepub Alert 05/15/2014 pg. 50
Kirkus Reviews 08/01/2014
Kirkus Reviews Fall Preview 08/15/2014 pg. 29
Booklist 10/01/2014 pg. 8
Shelf Awareness 10/10/2014
New York Times Book Review 11/16/2014 pg. 26
New York Times Book Review 11/09/2014 pg. 14
NY Times Notable Bks of Year 12/07/2014 pg. 27
Shelf Awareness 12/12/2014
Christian Century 12/10/2014 pg. 25
Booklist Editors Choice/Adult 01/01/2015 pg. 8
New York Review of Books 01/08/2015 pg. 20
BookPage 10/01/2014
Christian Century 02/18/2015 pg. 32
New York Times Book Review 05/17/2015 pg. 28
Choice 06/01/2015
Library Journal 05/15/2014


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.



Binding Type: Hardcover
Author: Atul Gawande
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
Published: 10/07/2014
ISBN: 9780805095159
Pages: 282
Weight: 0.85lbs
Size: 8.30h x 5.80w x 1.20d
Award: New England Book Award - Winner
Award: L.A. Times Book Prize - Finalist
Award: Books for a Better Life - Winner
Award: Indies Choice Book Awards - Winner

Review Citations: Library Journal Prepub Alert 05/15/2014 pg. 50
Kirkus Reviews 08/01/2014
Kirkus Reviews Fall Preview 08/15/2014 pg. 29
Booklist 10/01/2014 pg. 8
Shelf Awareness 10/10/2014
New York Times Book Review 11/16/2014 pg. 26
New York Times Book Review 11/09/2014 pg. 14
NY Times Notable Bks of Year 12/07/2014 pg. 27
Shelf Awareness 12/12/2014
Christian Century 12/10/2014 pg. 25
Booklist Editors Choice/Adult 01/01/2015 pg. 8
New York Review of Books 01/08/2015 pg. 20
BookPage 10/01/2014
Christian Century 02/18/2015 pg. 32
New York Times Book Review 05/17/2015 pg. 28
Choice 06/01/2015
Library Journal 05/15/2014