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  • Published: New York : Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
  • Year Published: 2014
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: 282 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 9780805095159
  • 0805095152

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Being mortal : medicine and what matters in the end

by Gawande, Atul.

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Call number: 362.175 Ga

Westgate call number: Adult Book / Nonfiction / Self-Help / Death & Grief / Gawande, Atul

Available Copies: Malletts Adult, Pittsfield Adult, Traverwood Adult

Additional Details

The independent self -- Things fall apart -- Dependence -- Assistance -- A better life -- Letting go -- Hard conversations -- Courage.

Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families of the terminally ill.

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Makes you think, great book.

I hadn't read a book before that tackled this subject. Thoughtful look at what we all need to consider as we inevitably (if we're lucky!) age. I found that it gave me a better perspective on the outlook of my parents and grandparents also, and led me to a greater understanding of the challenges and fears they're facing. It's a well-written and surprisingly enjoyable read about a subject that is difficult to consider for many.

Only Read This If You're Going to Age or Die Someday

Seriously, one of the best books I've read - and I read a lot. Despite it's subject matter, "Being Mortal" is anything but depressing. It is fascinating, well-written, life-affirming, heart-warming, and most of all, immensely practical.

Amazing book!

A great book that addresses the important questions of "What really matters in the end?" and "What makes life worth living?" As a medical student, it made me think critically about how the US medical system can better care for terminally ill patients and their families. Aging and death are natural parts of life, and we must change the ways in which we approach end-of-life care. A must read!

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