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Being Mortal

Medicine and What Matters in the End
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Doubleday Canada
 | 
September, 2017
ISBN:
9780385677028
In stock now: 
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$22.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Being Mortal looks at the way modern medicine has changed the experience of dying, what the implications of this change are for each of us, and what we would need to do to change a system that knows a lot about prolonging life but little about tending to death.

At the heart of this book is something larger and more lasting than even its agenda for how to effect change: it is a deeply humane portrayal of how our society copes with who we really are. We are not economic beings. We are not political beings. We are not digital beings or analog beings, social beings or solitary beings. We are mortal beings. And in that is every important thing to know about how we must live.

The waning days of our lives are given over to treatments that addle our brains and sap our bodies for a sliver’s chance of benefit… Our reluctance to honestly examine the experience of aging and dying has increased the harm we inflict on people and denied them the basic comforts they most need. Lacking a coherent view of how people might live successfully all the way to their very end, we have allowed our fates to be controlled by the imperatives of medicine, technology, and strangers…

 

And what if there are better approaches, right in front of our eyes, waiting to be recognized?

“If you are familiar with Gawande’s articles in The New Yorker, you are aware of this physician-writer’s eloquence and compassion. In Being Mortal, he takes on the medicalizing of death, examining the unnecessary torture that life-extending interventions often impose. But this book offers more than just prescriptions: his intimate knowledge of our bodies and the fascinating stories he’s picked up over his career makes this book required reading for anyone involved in end-of-life issues. And that inevitably includes each and every one of us.”—Toronto Star

An impassioned, broad-ranging and deeply personal exploration… Gawande remains clear-sighted through the muddle of anxieties, conflicting emotions and vested interests… The message resounding through Being Mortal is that our lives have narrative—we all want to be the authors of our own stories, and in stories endings matter.” —The Guardian

Publisher’s Description: 

From surgeon and bestselling author Atul Gawande, a book that has the potential to change medicine—and lives.

Being Mortal looks at the way modern medicine has changed the experience of dying, what the implications of this change are for each of us, and what we would need to do to change a system that knows a lot about prolonging life but little about tending to death.

At the heart of this book is something larger and more lasting than even its agenda for how to effect change: it is a deeply humane portrayal of how our society copes with who we really are. We are not economic beings. We are not political beings. We are not digital beings or analog beings, social beings or solitary beings. We are mortal beings. And in that is every important thing to know about how we must live.

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