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Atul Gawande

Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine, and What Matters in the End

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Fri 09 October 2015

Atul Gawande

Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine, and What Matters in the End

Atul Gawande c. tim llewellyn i
Fri 09 October 2015,

Atul Gawande examines his experiences as a surgeon, and confronts the realities of ageing and dying in his patients and in his family, as well as the limits of what he can do. He explores questions that range from the curious to the profound: What happens to people’s teeth as they get old? Did human beings really commit senecide, the sacrifice of the elderly? Why do the aged so dread nursing homes and hospitals? How should someone give another person the dreadful news that they will die?

Gawande observes that the systems that have evolved to govern our mortality routinely fail to serve – or even acknowledge – people’s needs and priorities beyond mere survival. And the consequences are devastating lives, families, and even whole economies. But, he argues, it doesn’t have to be this way.

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