Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters In the End

Friday, September 18, 2015
Atul Gawande
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters In the End

I read this book as a result of a friend telling me she was so impressed with the book that she wanted to buy a copy and loan it to friends. I decided to check it out.

The first part talks about what is currently being done to many of our elderly which is placing them in a nursing home or a hospital after they can no longer care for themselves at home, rather than family caring for them at home as was done many years ago. The second part asks the question "when do heroic measures to save or prolong lives actually make things worse, and what should be done instead?"

Dr. Gawande shows how end-of-life physical conditions are often treated as medical crises needing to be "fixed," instead of managed for quality of life when treatment has become futile. He relates attention-getting true stories, including ones about hospice.I didn’t want to put the book down.

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