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Author Gawande, Atul.

Title Being mortal : medicine and what matters in the end / Atul Gawande.

Publication Info. New York, New York : Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2014.

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Edition First edition.
Description 282 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-277)
Contents The independent self -- Things fall apart -- Dependence -- Assistance -- A better life -- Letting go -- Hard conversations -- Courage.
Summary 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.
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.
Subject Terminal care.
Critical care medicine.
Aging -- Physiological aspects.
Quality of life.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Death & Dying.
Aging -- Physiological aspects. (OCoLC)fst00800323
Critical care medicine. (OCoLC)fst00883647
Quality of life. (OCoLC)fst01085009
Terminal care. (OCoLC)fst01147835
Terminal Care.
Activities of Daily Living.
Aged.
Aging -- physiology.
Attitude to Death.
Prognosis.
ISBN 9780805095159 (hardcover)
0805095152 (hardcover)
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