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Being Mortal Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End.
Atul Gawande, the bestselling author of Being Mortal, takes on the most difficult challenge of his profession: demonstrating how medicine can improve not only the quality of life but also the process of death.
Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the harrowing experience of birth, injury, and infectious disease into a manageable one. However, when faced with the inevitability of aging and death, the goals of medicine frequently appear to conflict with the interests of the human spirit. Preoccupied with safety, nursing homes confine patients to railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals segregate the dying, monitoring vital signs long after the cure goals have been abandoned. Doctors who are committed to extending life continue to perform heinous procedures that ultimately prolong suffering.
Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession’s ultimate limitation, arguing that patients and families should prioritize quality of life. Gawande illustrates more liberated, socially fulfilling models of assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he delves into the various forms of hospice care to demonstrate that the final weeks or months of a person’s life can be rich and dignified.
Being Mortal asserts, through eye-opening research and compelling storytelling, that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even at the end, ensuring not only a good life but also a good death.