I wish every md or healthcare professionals read this book. Death seems far and preventable in future. There should be discussion how everyone encounters it. It is a hard conversation but not a negligible one. Author did a very good job entails all the cases. The best book read for a while....Continua
"Old age is a continuous series of loss"
"... like she was in prison (nursing home) for being old."
"We've been wrong about what our job is in medicine. We think our job is to ensure health and survival. But really it is larger than that. It is to enable well-being. And well-being is about the reasons one wishes to be alive"
I always value "age gracefully" and "quality of life rather than the length of life". This book reinforces my philosophy.
Also be aware of Dr. Informative. Their main concern might be a pure medical one, not necessarily your well-being....Continua
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Harvard professor and surgeon Atul Gawande takes on the conversation we so often avoid – the one about choices at the end of life. Writing with knowledge and compassion, he takes on different aspects of end of life care - nursing homes, hospice care, the role of medicine, the role of family, and individual choice. The book presents research and history and grounds the ideas through case studies. I would highly recommend this book to everyone.
Read my complete review at: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2014/12/being-mortal-medicine-and-what-matters.html...Continua