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For listeners of Atul Gawande and Paul Kalanithi, a palliative care doctor's breathtaking stories from 30 years spent caring for the dying.

Modern medical technology is allowing us to live longer and fuller lives than ever before. And for the most part, that is good news. But with changes in the way we understand medicine come changes in the way we understand death. Once a familiar and gentle process, death has come to be something from which we shy away, preferring to fight it desperately than to accept its inevitability.

Palliative care has a long tradition in Britain, where Dr. Kathryn Mannix has practiced it for 30 years. In this book, she shares beautifully crafted stories from a lifetime of caring for the dying. With insightful meditations on life, death, and the space between them, With the End in Mind describes the possibility of meeting death gently, with forethought and preparation, and shows the unexpected beauty, dignity, and profound humanity of life coming to an end.

©2018 Kathryn Mannix (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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Wonderful book!

The subtitle is fine, but it might have added something about interesting people, nuanced relationships, uplifting values, moral uncertainty, and the art of wise communication. The author is an incredibly gifted counselor and storyteller. I intend to recommend this book to law students, as a model for how professionals should help people make their own informed decisions rather than tell them what to do.