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

Atul Gawande tackles one of the hardest conversations we have in society today–what index-2.aspxto do at the end of our lives?   Many in the medical profession have always tried to prolong a life at any cost and at a huge detriment to the patient at hand. When  should physicians stop the  innate need to save the body but lose the essence of the person?   As a physician, Gawande is in a unique position  to ponder this  as he studied over 200  people as they tackle the end of the life cycle.  Many in the medical field have a hard time talking about their patient’s anxieties  and just provide them with facts and false hopes.   The author has discovered that sometimes not only are we not prolonging lives , but shortening it. He not only talks about this issue but the general aging process itself.    What are the different housing and living options  that are available for today’s elderly? What can we do to make the last years of our lives about our living and not about our dying?  Read Being Mortal and you’ll have some ideas for you and your loved ones.

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