Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters In the End

Surgeon Atul Gawande tackles a subject even he finds difficult: how medicine often fails to meet the needs of those who are dying. Our expectation that all possible treatments will be tried on those who are terminally ill ignores the reality that these treatments are often painful, difficult, and too often extend life only a little, if at all. Doctors frequently find it hard to share this news with their patients, instead opting to offer them hope when, in fact, meaningful improvement may be unlikely. Gawande provides several sad but informative stories about various patients, including his own father, and their struggles with end-of-life decisions. He also reports on some fascinating research, such as how differently the aged and the young prioritize what’s important to them. He delves into the history of assisted living, and what hospice care can provide. Gawande is a gifted writer, and although this topic may not appeal to everyone, it’s an important book that is definitely worth reading or listening to. Well narrated by Robert Petkoff.

Being mortal : [sound recording] medicine and what matters in the endBy Gawande, Atul

Noted author and surgeon Atul Gawande writes about the failure of Western medicine to meet the needs of the terminally ill.

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