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The Resource Being mortal : illness, medicine and what matters in the end, Atul Gawande

Being mortal : illness, medicine and what matters in the end, Atul Gawande

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Being mortal : illness, medicine and what matters in the end
Title
Being mortal
Title remainder
illness, medicine and what matters in the end
Statement of responsibility
Atul Gawande
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
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. In this book, the author examines his experiences as a surgeon, as he confronts the realities of aging and dying in his patients and in his family, as well as the limits of what he can do. And he emerges with story that crosses the globe and history, exploring questions that range from the curious to the profound: What happens to people's teeth as they get old? Did human beings really commit senecide, the sacrifice of the elderly? Why do the aged so dread nursing homes and hospitals? How should someone give another person the dreadful news that they will die? This is a story told only as Atul Gawande can - penetrating people's lives and also the systems that have evolved to govern our mortality. Those systems, he observes, routinely fail to serve - or even acknowledge - people's needs and priorities beyond mere survival. And the consequences are devastating lives, families, and even whole economies. But, as he reveals, it doesn't have to be this way. Atul Gawande has delivered an engrossing tale of science, history and remarkable characters in the vein of Oliver Sacks
Biography type
contains biographical information
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Gawande, Atul
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Terminal care
  • Quality of life
  • Aging
  • Palliative treatment
  • Critical care medicine
Target audience
adult
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Being mortal : illness, medicine and what matters in the end, Atul Gawande
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Contents
The independent self -- Things fall apart -- Dependence -- Assistance -- A better life -- Letting go -- Hard conversations -- Courage
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
282 pages
Isbn
9781781253946
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a122593
  • (Sirsi) a122593
Label
Being mortal : illness, medicine and what matters in the end, Atul Gawande
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Contents
The independent self -- Things fall apart -- Dependence -- Assistance -- A better life -- Letting go -- Hard conversations -- Courage
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
282 pages
Isbn
9781781253946
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a122593
  • (Sirsi) a122593

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