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.
We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies - neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist.
Sometimes in medicine the only way to know what is truly going on in a patient is to operate, to look inside with one's own eyes. This book is exploratory surgery on medicine itself, laying bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is - complicated, perplexing, and profoundly human.
Atul Gawande explores how doctors strive for best performance in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. His stories of diligence and ingenuity take us to battlefield surgical tents in Iraq, to labor and delivery rooms in Boston, to a polio outbreak in India, and to malpractice courtrooms around the country. He discusses the ethical dilemmas of doctors' participation in lethal injections, examines the influence of money on medicine, and recounts the astoundingly contentious history of hand washing.
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"Open Secrets", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Letting Go", by Atul Gawande; "Stuck", by Keith Gessen; "Postmadern Men", by Teddy Wayne; and "Spy Vs. Spy", by David Denby.
"Bad Choices", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Getting In", by Ian Parker; "Testing, Testing", by Atul Gawande; "The Celebrity Defense", by Jeffrey Toobin; and "Love Hurts", by David Denby.
"Economy vs. Environment", by David Owen; "Hellhole", by Atul Gawande; "What Would Jesus Bet?", by Alec Wilkinson; "Author, Author?", by David Sedaris; and "Tricksters and Saints ", by Anthony Lane.
"Sick and Twisted" by Atul Gawande; "Fuel For Thought" by James Surowiecki; "Ghostly" by Mark Singer; "Hey, Look" by Simon Rich; "Days of Rage" by William Dalrymple; "A Fine Romance" by David Denby; "Dangerous Liaisons" by Nancy Franklin; "Dream On" by David Denby
"Downsizing Supersize", by James Surowiecki; "Souvenirs", by Mike Peed; "Big Med", by Atul Gawande; "After Ellen", by Justin Taylor; "Portrait of the Artist", by Bob Odenkirk; and "Running Men", by David Denby.
"Perceived Threats", by Jelani Cobb; "Kayaktivist", by Nick Paumgarten; "E.Book vs. P.Book", by James Surowiecki; "Slow Ideas", by Atul Gawande; "Othello’s Daughter", by Alex Ross; "House Philosopher", by Peter Schjeldahl; "Summerstage", by Sasha Frere-Jones; and "Timely Projects", by David Denby.
"States of Health", by Atul Gawande; "As Seen on TV", by Michael Schulman; "No Sex, Please", by Lauren Collins; "Freedom of Information", by Ken Auletta; "The Book of Laughter", by Claudia Roth Pierpont; and "Drifting", by David Denby.
"Two Speeches", by Jeffrey Toobin; "Why Not?", by Lauren Collins; "Art Attack", by Adam Gopnik; "Board Stiff", by James Surowiecki; "The Cost Conundrum", by Atul Gawande; "It's Spreading", by Jill Lepore; and "Fighting to Survive", by Anthony Lane.
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Dine kaere skal dø. Du skal dø. Vi skal alle dø. Vi ved bare ikke hvornår. Medicinske fremskridt skubber hele tiden graenserne for overlevelse, og vi er blevet stadig mere løsrevet fra det faktum, at vi er dødelige. Denne bog handler om oplevelsen af dødelighed i dag. Om at blive gammel og dø. Med indsigt og følsomhed fortaeller Atul Gawande om sine erfaringer som kirurg, om sine patienter og om sin egen families oplevelser. Han laerer os at acceptere livets graenser...
"Ups and Downs" by Hendrik Hertzberg; "War Poet" by Dana Goodyear; "A Deadly Interrogation" by Jane Mayer; "The Malpractice Mess" by Atul Gawande; "A Place in the Sun" by Sasha Frere-Jones; and "Parent Traps" by Anthony Lane.
"What's the Big Idea?" by Dorothy Wickenden; "Space Dirt" by Ben McGrath; "Second Act" by Rebecca Mead; "The New Evangelicals" by Frances FitzGerald; "The Itch" by Atul Gawande; "Working Girl" by Nancy Franklin; and "Big Kills" by Anthony Lane.
"Shootings" by Adam Gopnik; "Pinch-Hitters" by Nick Paumgarten; "It's the Workforce, Stupid!" by James Surowiecki; "The Impersonator" by John Lahr; "Four Short Crushes" by Paul Simms; "The Way We Age Now" by Atul Gawande; and "Magnum Farce" by Anthony Lane.
"Greatness", by Nicholas Lemann; "A Smarter Stimulus", by James Surowiecki; "Getting There from Here", by Atul Gawande; "Mouse au Vin", by Noah Baumbach; "Elephant", by Aravind Adiga; "Brief Lives", by David Denby.
There are five articles in this edition: "Follow the Leaders", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "A Death in the Forest", by Richard Preston; "The Checklist", by Atul Gawande; "Found Objects", by Jennifer Egan; and "Conflicting Stories", by Anthony Lane.