Being Mortal

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

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In Being Mortal, Gawande examines his experiences as a surgeon, as he confronts the realities of aging and dying in his patients and in his family, as well as the limits of what he can do. And he emerges with story that crosses the globe and history, exploring 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?

This is a story told only as Atul Gawande can - penetrating people's lives and also the systems that have evolved to govern our mortality. Those systems, he observes, 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, as he reveals, it doesn't have to be this way.

Atul Gawande has delivered an engrossing tale of science, history and remarkable characters in the vein of Oliver Sacks.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129 x 212 x 22mm | 344g
  • Wellcome Collection
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1781253943
  • 9781781253946
  • 4,757

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Praise for Atul Gawande:

'All will learn something of value from this infinitely wise and humane surgeon * Daily Mail * I don't know if Atul Gawande was born to be a surgeon - I very much suspect so - but he was certainly born to write -- Bill Bryson Gawande is a gorgeous writer and storyteller -- Malcolm Gladwell
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About Atul Gawande

Atul Gawande is a surgeon, writer and public health researcher. He practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He is also Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. He writes regularly for the New Yorker, and is the author of Better (9781861976574), Complications (9781846681325) and The Checklist Manifesto (9781846683145).
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