Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End (Paperback)
On the off-chance that you haven't read this book about how the American medical establishment deals with end-of-life issues, do track down a copy--for yourself, your doctor, your children. My 25-year-old book group had one of its most intense and personal meetings the night 20 of us met to discuss it. Gawande is a surgeon, teaches at Harvard Medical School, writes for the New Yorker and has produced a readable, anecdotal and possibly culture-shifting book.
Thoughtful, anecdotal, thought-provoking. A genuinely important book. Highly Recommended!
November 2014 Indie Next List
“Widely respected and honored physician Gawande addresses aging and end-of-life issues in his newest book. He notes that we treat sickness, aging, and mortality as medical concerns, but that the medical professions are poorly equipped to help with the issues of what makes the quality life significant. Gawande proposes that well-being should be the focus at the end of life and carefully illustrates how to approach this difficult subject. A gracefully written book of great importance.”
— Ann Carlson, Waterfront Books, Georgetown, SC