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 In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not...

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

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End Reviews

  • 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 t...
  • Diane
    Jun 06, 2015
    It took me months to find the courage to read this. I know it is silly to be scared of a book, but the topic of mortality is so depressing that I dreaded reading it. I had even checked out the book from the library several times, read a page or two, and then promptly returned it, t...
  • Elyse Walters
    Sep 30, 2014
    I've been a fan of Atul Gawande since reading "Complications" with my local book club many years back --where 35 people showed up to 'express'. Our monthly Saturday's meetings are limited to 25 members of our 500+ Bay Area Book club --but members were didn't care --they were coming! ...
  • Jim
    Feb 22, 2015
    This is very well read, amazingly relevant, & accessible. It's filled with real world examples as well as a few statistics. It is a must-read for everyone young (teens up) or old because we don't think about our end days properly or even ask the right questions. Worse, we don't und...
  • HBalikov
    Sep 17, 2015
    This is an excellent book. It is also the most important book that I have read in the past year. Dr. Gawande is that rare physician who can write well and write well for the layman. There is nothing glamorous about growing old. There is nothing glamorous in taking care of those who ...
  • Susan
    Oct 01, 2014
    If you have aging/elderly parents whose care you might someday be involved in, or expect to care for someone with a terminal condition, you cannot afford to miss this book. In his effortlessly lucid prose, Gawande comes to terms with the medical establishment's failure in providing end...
  • Carol
    Nov 10, 2016
    Highly recommended. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End The final words in this title What Matters in the End could as easily be a statement as a question and sets the theme for this exploration of living and dying. Mortal we are and yet its hard to embrace this co...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 n...
  • Darlene
    Mar 29, 2015
    Not long ago, I read a book entitled The Cost of Hope: A Memoir. This book was written by 'Wall Street Journal' reporter, Amanda Bennett about her family's very personal struggle with navigating the health care system during her husband, Terence Foley's battle with Kidney cancer. In th...
  • Trish
    Oct 09, 2014
    10/27/17 The most remarkable discussion of this book takes place between Atul Gawande and Kristin Tippett in the 10/26/17 podcast posted on the OnBeing website. In the discussion we learn that Gawande went to medicine through politics which may not surprise some of you. I had a radical...
  • Lewis Weinstein
    Nov 27, 2017
    This book is not pleasant to read. It is challenging, emotional, difficult ... and a spectacular journey along a path we will all follow. As we face the inevitable, Gawande gives us a framework within which to consider the options we may have, the choices we might want to make, and the...
  • Caroline
    Aug 03, 2017
    ***NO SPOILERS*** The average lifespan of human beings today is around age 80, which means Being Mortal is an essential read for everyone. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S., and that also makes Being Mortal an essential read for everyone. Even if someone isn?...
  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    Nov 22, 2015
    Many people avoid the subject of what should be done when the elders in their family become too frail or sick or demented to live by themselves or if a family member, whether old or young, is told they have a fatal disease such as cancer. When such news happens, and it will happen, the...
  • 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 ?Complication...
  • Diane S ☔
    May 04, 2015
    A very eye opening book on aging, what happens as we age, and where do we go, when we can no longer take care of ourselves. This book asks some very interesting questions, makes one really think about the importance of making these decisions while one is still able. What is important t...
  • 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....
  • Rebecca
    Sep 30, 2014
    An essential guide to decision-making about end-of-life care, but also a more philosophical treatment of the question of what makes life worth living. When should we extend life, and when should we concentrate more on the quality of our remaining days than their quantity? Most of the b...
  • Caroline
    Oct 23, 2017
    This is a superb book for which we should all be grateful....I have no doubt that the wisdom it holds has now been widely read by people working with the elderly, in all sorts of different fields. Gawande has done us all a great service. There are some superb reviews of the book her...
  • Holly
    Jan 26, 2019
    Depressing, but necessary to consider and talk about. What's the one unfortunate thing everyone on this planet has in common right now? We will all eventually die one day. So knowing that eventuality, why do we not plan for and discuss how we want to spend our final years/months/weeks/...
  • 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 visua...
  • James Barker
    Dec 15, 2015
    It is commonly phrased that we battle illness. But this remarkable book by Atul Gawande points out that it is an ill-thought battle and, dare I say it, an ill-fought one. For the last three years of my wonderful mother?s life I was her carer. Coping with the advanced stages of mul...
  • Debbie "DJ"
    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...
  • Lynne King
    May 30, 2015
    I learned a lot of things in medical school, but mortality wasn?t one of them. Although I was given a dry, leathery corpse to dissect in my first term, that was solely a way to learn about human anatomy. Our textbooks had almost nothing on aging or frailty or dying. How the process ...
  • Bionic Jean
    Mar 31, 2015
    I read this book a fortnight ago, by my brother's bedside, at a time when both he and I knew he was dying. Any book one reads in such a situation has to be absorbing, perceptive and worth the read. This one was; it was both relevant and pertinent. I read it all. "We know less and le...
  • 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 (...
  • Cathrine ☯️
    May 14, 2015
    Remember the scene in The Matrix when Laurence Fishburne asks Keanu Reeves whether he wants to swallow the red pill or the blue pill? In his very excellent book Dr. Gawande uses that analogy to discuss the manner in which a physician attempts to discuss treatment options with a patient...
  • Eslam Ahmed
    Mar 30, 2019
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  • Erika
    Apr 22, 2015
    This is a brilliant, fascinating, and extremely important book. I wish I had read it before my mother died because I would have asked her more probing questions about her priorities in the last couple of months of her life. Yet while Being Mortal made me regret the conversations I ...
  • 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 lif...