Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End (Paperback)

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Don't be fooled, this is not a book about death. In fact, it's not the least bit sad or depressing. Instead, it's full of hope, grace, and love.With clarity and joy, Harvard-trained neurologist Gawande shares anecdotal glimpses into a new way of looking at the end of life. His focus is on living fully, each and every day right up to the end. It's an important book to read, because chances are we each will confront the death of someone close to us. And we'll be better equipped if we know what questions to ask, how to stimulate values-focused discussions, and how to create a care plan that focuses on living fully until the end. Get it, read it, and be glad Gawande wrote it.

— Wendee

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



Product Details
ISBN: 9781250081247
ISBN-10: 1250081246
Publisher: Picador USA
Publication Date: September 1st, 2015
Pages: 304
Language: English