Award Winning / Lisa / Nonfiction / Science

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande


In Being Mortal, Gawande looks at how medicine treats dying, both in terms of the old and the terminally ill. Through interviews and personal stories he discusses how medicine’s (and by extension nursing homes’) approach to dying is to put it off for as long as possible, but in countless situations this can run counter to a person’s quality of life. While points in this book are emotional and poignant its ideas are also thoughtfully and logically presented. A thought provoking read about a time of life that many people avoid thinking about until they, or someone they care about, are in it.



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