Being Mortal - Medicine and What Matters in the End

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Being Mortal - Medicine and What Matters in the End  (English, Hardcover, unknown)

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  • Language: English
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Penguin Books India Pvt Ltd
  • Genre: Health & Fitness
  • ISBN: 9780670086061, 0670086061
  • Pages: 296
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Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End written by bestselling author Atul Gawande is a moving and honest exploration of illness and death.

Summary of the Book

In Being Mortal, practicing surgeon Atul Gawande tackles the most difficult challenge of the medical profession and how medicine can not only improve the quality of life but also the process of ending. With help of meticulous research and gripping stories of his patients and family, the author reveals the unavoidable realities of aging and death and how medical help does exactly opposite of what it should do. The author argues that an acceptance of mortality should be the center of the way we treat the terminally ill. He compares the attitude towards aging and death in the West and in India and draws on a powerful and moving picture of his father’s final years. Poignant, thought-provoking and deeply moving, Being Mortal is not just about the limits of medicine, but also explores how we should live till the last moment with dignity, independence and joy.

About Atul Gawande

Dr. Atul Gawande is an American surgeon, author and a public health researcher of Indian origin. He is a general and endocrine surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Gawande is also a professor both at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Harvard Medical School. He was born in Brooklyn to Indian Maharashtrian immigrants to the US. Some of the books authored by him include Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science,  Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance and The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right.

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5

A great book!!!

Dr Atul Gawande is a gifted writer, and author of various books and articles. His most famous article "Cost Conundrum" was published in New Yorker magazine, and explained reasons behind high Medicare costs in US.

In this book, Dr Atul has touched upon a very important topic - Medi-care in Old age, and in terminal illness. He discusses how in many cases of terminal illness, medicine may be able to buy more time for the patient but may in turn decrease his quality of life, and how the last pa...
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Vibha Trehan

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28 Nov, 2014

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An American view becoming relevant in India

Being a surgeon myself, the book is an excellent read. My impression has always been that just as our side view mirrors remind us that the objects appearing in the mirror are closer than they appear, our deaths are closer than what we imagine.
One must discuss the end of life needs with close relatives since at the time of the end, we may not be capable of taking any rational decisions. Now, in India also, many people end up in ICU for dying. And even if a death occurs, I am bombarded with wh...
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Dr. N. D. Swadia

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15 Apr, 2015

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Being Mortal

The fact that a book questioning the veracity of some established treatment methods for terminally ill,elderly care (esp. in U.S) by a doctor himself makes it unique.Throughout the book Dr.Gwande, shares his opinion on the proper care need for the people in the wee hours of their life,he reiterates that treatment to those should be very calculative and should improve their qualities of life,for they have a limited time left.He opines that doctors must put the priorities of the patient before...
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Sandeep

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30 Jan, 2015

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Great Book.

This is a great book, a little bit apart , well written and very inspirational, wish i could thank the author for writing it personally.

Wish there were more than 5 stars .
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Pankaj Jaiswal

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21 Aug, 2015

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I really liked the book. It really reflects how bodies start to give up and how the mind does not pick up signals at first and later how one starts to miss those small things, that we always take for granted when we are fit, young and mobile
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Yogkunshi

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23 May, 2015

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Well written - a bit depressing

Dr. Gawande's book is very well written - and the dilemma of letting the old and infirm live and die with dignity is something that we, as a generation, have to wake up to. Highly recommended.
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Anand Sengupta

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22 May, 2015

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A true GEM OF A book

The kind of book one comes across once in a lifetime. Wise, compassionate, lucid and engrossing. A page turner from beginning to end.

When will doctors in India begin to communicate with their patients with empathy, patience and understanding, instead of brusquely brushing off anxious enquiries with the air of a prima donna?

I so loved the book that I presented copies to family, friends and my doctors.
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ramesh grover

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13 May, 2015

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A Must Read

I fist of all would like to thank the author Dr Atul for writing such an insightful book. I look at my elders now in an entirely different light. I hope someday, this book is published in Hindi as well, so that a wide audience can easily read it.

It prepared me to understand what to do, for my parents, and plan for my old age as well. My parents are doctors, not only i gifted them this book, which they loved, i gave this book to many of my doctor uncles and aunts, and other relatives such a...
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Pallavi Sharma

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23 Mar, 2015

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Being Mortal:the wonder and the terror of existence.Active Euthanasia should become top priority for pressure groups.

Dr Gawande is an accomplished writer;his earlier books like Better,Complications and Checklist Manifesto have proved it.In "Being Mortal",he has shown the courage to discuss the touchy subject;aging,fraility,suffering,the limits of medicine and dying, subjects which are not taught in medical schools.The new concepts that have enabled the well being of the aged are "assisted living" as opposed to "old age homes" and palliative care and even assisted death for the terminally ill in countries li...
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M Nanda Kumar

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27 Feb, 2015

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Another masterpiece from Dr Gawande

I am a fan of Dr Gawande. Still checklist manifesto is in my mind which helped me to find WHO checklist and to implement in my OT. This new book is too good, I am reading it not finished yet.
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Rajan Kumar

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24 Jan, 2015

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