Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

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

recommended by Bryan

Filled with end-of-life anecdotes and innovative medical practices, this book offers thoughtful ideas from a medical doctor who realized as a young doctor that the medical profession, in the pursuit of extending our lives, actually shortens and makes our lives much less enjoyable. Discussing death is depressing stuff, and as a result, doctors are often uncomfortable addressing death and its accompanying anxieties with their patients, instead, offering false hopes and treatments that often make life less livable. His research shows that sometimes patients in hospice care actually extend their lives and live better than those who continue to struggle against the unavoidable. In this book the good doctor offers hope that we can live longer while living well to the very end. This book is now the focus of a Frontline documentary.

Available on Sunflower ELibrary.

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