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

Being Mortal Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End

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For most of human history, death was a common, ever-present possibility. It didn't matter whether you were five or fifty - every day was a roll of the dice. But now, as medical advances push the boundaries of survival further each year, we have become increasingly detached from the reality of being mortal. So here is a book about the modern experience of mortality - about what it's like to get old and die, how medicine has changed this and how it hasn't, where our ideas about death have gone wrong.

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

With his trademark mix of perceptiveness and sensitivity, Atul Gawande outlines a story that crosses the globe, as he examines his experiences as a surgeon and those of his patients and family, and learns to accept the limits of what he can do. Never before has aging been such an important topic. The systems that we have put in place to manage our mortality are manifestly failing; but, as Gawande reveals, it doesn't have to be this way. The ultimate goal, after all, is not a good death, but a good life - all the way to the very end. Published in partnership with the Wellcome Collection, a free visitor destination that explores the connections between medicine, life and art.

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About the Author

Atul Gawande is a surgeon, writer and public health researcher. He practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He is also Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. He writes regularly for the New Yorker, and is the author of Better (9781861976574), Complications (9781846681325) and The Checklist Manifesto (9781846683145).

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Publication date

1st July 2015

Author

Atul Gawande

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Author's Website

atulgawande.com/

Publisher

Profile Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

The Real World
Popular Science
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Public health & preventive medicine
Popular medicine & health
Coping with death & bereavement
Popular science

ISBN

9781846685828

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