Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

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...

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Title:Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
Author:Atul Gawande
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ISBN:0805095152
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:282 pages

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End Reviews

  • Genevieve
    Sep 03, 2014
    * Originally reviewed on the Night Owls Press blog here. *I was first introduced to Atul Gawande's writing in his "Annals of Medicine" column for The New Yorker magazine. He wrote a thrilling piece about a woman with an itch—an itch so strong, so persistent, it was beyond belief. It stumped all...
  • Trish
    Oct 09, 2014
    ”The only way death is not meaningless is to see yourself as part of something greater: a family, a community, a society. If you don’t, mortality is only a horror.”My great aunt lived to be 102 years old. She would often say, looking at the younger generations, “It’s wonderf...
  • Debbie
    Nov 12, 2014
    This is probably the most important book on mortality I've ever read. It is packed full of information and written in easily comprehendible language, in fact, very personal language. There is so much information here I had a hard time reviewing as I want to share it all! Promise, I won't, but will t...
  • Petra Eggs
    Dec 07, 2014
    This is brilliant. I'm having a good run of 5* books at the moment. Atul Gawande refers several times to The Death of Ivan Ilych so now I have to read that. I like it how one book leads to another sometimes. ...
  • Jen
    Dec 23, 2014
    Simply put: This is a book about dying. But, on one's own terms. Gawande boldy argues that the medical world has got it wrong when it comes to the treatment of the dying. The objective of medicine should not be to ensure health and survival; rather it should be about the quality of life and what it ...
  • Michael
    Jan 15, 2015
    A clear, uplifting, and eloquent education on the deficiencies of the medical establishment in end-of-life care and promising progress toward improvements. This Boston surgeon has already authored accessible books on the human art behind the science of medicine with his “Complications” and...
  • Will Byrnes
    Jan 29, 2015
    (Added a link - 4/18/15 - at bottom) In the past few decades, medical science has rendered obsolete centuries of experience, tradition, and language about our mortality and created a new difficulty for mankind: how to die. Being Mortal is completely irrelevant for any readers who do not have elderl...
  • Debbie
    Mar 23, 2015
    If you’re not afraid of dying, you’re either lucky or lying.Meanwhile, this book gave me the heebee-jeebees! Did I really need to know that as I age my aorta will get crunchy and my shrinking brain will rattle around in my skull? Or did I need to know (and perhaps forever visualize) the di...
  • Lilo
    Mar 29, 2015
    This is going to be a very short review. I just simply say:If you think you might get older as time goes by and/or think you might even die at some time (or have relatives or other loved ones to whom this might apply), I urge you to read this book. And if you happen to be over 50 (or care about some...
  • David
    Nov 03, 2015
    This excellent book is about how medicine treats patients as their lives come to an end. Today, Western medicine is all about keeping the patient alive, no matter the cost. The problem is that all too often, treatments at the end of life have limited value; they have little potential to prolong subs...