Being mortal : medicine and what matters in the end
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Published:
New York, New York : Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
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Edition:
First edition.
Physical Desc:
282 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
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Hillwood High - Teen Non-Fiction
362.17 GAW
Description

In Being Mortal , bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending

Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering.

Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person's last weeks or months may be rich and dignified.

Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.

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ISBN:
9780805095159, 0805095152

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-277)
Description
Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families of the terminally ill.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Gawande, A. (2014). Being mortal: medicine and what matters in the end. First edition. New York, New York: Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Gawande, Atul. 2014. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. New York, New York: Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Gawande, Atul, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. New York, New York: Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2014.

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Gawande, Atul. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. First edition. New York, New York: Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2014. Print.

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