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Publisher's Summary

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End was written by a doctor to help us understand what it means to be mortal. He walks us through the choices that cancer patients and the elderly have to face. 

You will learn the true purpose and meaning behind the nursing homes. Hospice is defined, and you will be shown how important of a role it plays.

This is a book that is meant to enlighten and empower. 

Inside this companion, you will find: 

  • A background of the author 
  • A chapter by chapter summary 
  • A guide to making an end of life choices 
  • And a new way to look at living
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Nice!

Instead of acknowledging this unavoidable truth and living life to its fullest right up until the very end, we've developed a culture and health care system that prolongs life as much as possible, without sufficient consideration as to what it is that makes us human and having a life worth living.

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Extraordinary book.

This book would be particularly useful for young physicians or those interested in medicine. The book will give you a better perspective of the other side of medicine. The side of medicine is where patients don’t get better; where you may no longer be able to help despite the knowledge, skills and experience.

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Easy to follow.

This book about nursing home evolution are inspiring, and make me hopeful that we really may be finding good models for assisted living for our chronically ailing elders. I love getting a sense of excitement that even in the degrading act of becoming older and weaker, we may be finding ways to use our ingenuity and creativity to fashion systems that ar actually kind of fun and energizing for many who are starting to feel their lives are becoming “useless.”

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I recommend this book.

Atul has a way of writing that makes every sentence powerful, concise, and inspiring. I often wish to have a way with words as he does. I recommend this book to anybody, as it is a true reminder of our reality in life and what makes it worth living.

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Good book.

The beauty of its message lies within how real it truly is. Mortality is inescapable and we must begin to start a conversation about it or face being completely unprepared for it. As the book says, as much as we want to prepare for our loved ones' or our own death, we can never truly know what it is until we experience it.

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Most Practical.

I am often disappointed by the reality of our healthcare and the lack of its understanding of each patient's life. This book will surely accompany me all through medical school and continue to inspire me beyond it. I've listen two books since finishing it and I still think about Being Mortal.

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This is a great listen.

This is a superbly written book that takes a scientific yet compassionate look at how we treat death in this modern age of so-called medical miracles.

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Great overview.

great overview of how death and dying have evolved with the advances in medical abilities, explaining how those advances have made those final days and years infinitely more complicated. Then, using individual stories, including that of his own father, Gawande illustrates how the ability to keep one alive puts pressure on both the person who is dying and that person's family.

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I like this.

I think this is a great book to read as you have parents or close family that are entering the parts of their lives where they are steadily losing their independence. I think Atul provides you with several "new age" philosophies and considerations when it comes to end-of-life care. You leave the book with a good sense of what is meaningful.

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Absolutely fabulous book.

Absolutely fabulous book. It's a must listen for anyone with aging parents or for people who have been diagnosed with terminal illness. I have several of Gawande's books. He writes well and keeps the reader engaged. Actually I recommend this book for anyone, because at some point everyone has to die.

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  • Lora
  • 07-18-18

Excellent book.

The good news is that some people are doing what they can to improve the well-being of elders nearing the end of their lives. He demonstrates the beauty of hospice care in the home. He tells a great story of a doctor who convinced a nursing home to bring in two dogs, four cats and one hundred birds! It was a risky proposal, but the rewards were phenomenal. It made the place, and the people, come alive. I am aware, though, that these movements rely on individuals, and only if enough people have a vision for change will it come about.

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  • JOHN
  • 07-18-18

Fantastic summary.

This book could be a game changer, if enough people read it and take it to heart. Atul Gawande addresses end-of-life care, and how we're getting it wrong, both within the medical establishment and in our families.

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  • Loren
  • 07-18-18

Wonderful.

A very through provoking book that will ultimately make me think about what I want when the end is near. I wish everyone would listen it; especially medical people.

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  • M. Mick
  • 07-18-18

MUST BE LISTEN!

In the course of taking us through the end of life of these people, Atul also takes us through a grand tour of the hospital, the nursing home, the hospice, and other alternative facilities for the terminally ill. More importantly, he makes us examine what it is that we understand to be the meaning of life because when we are nearing the end of it, we all have our personal reasons to fight for the extra year or two, or to gracefully accept the end.

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  • Kopper
  • 07-18-18

A Fantastic Edition.

I think that young physicians and premeds often think about the greatness of medicine, like saving lives and improving health, but not often about the loss of life they will witness so often, or the inability to help patients despite all the medical advances. This book will also be very useful for non-medical folks, young or old, or those who may have family or friend facing health issues, aging, or terminal illnesses.

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  • ADDNE
  • 07-18-18

there has been a small but impressive movement to

Through his interactions and interviews, he considers various alternatives to supplement medicine for the dying: nursing homes, own residence, assisted living centers and hospice care. And other creative ways to help them remain not only more mentally alert, but to actually have a chance to feel a sense of joy and hope that we pine for at every stage of our lives.

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  • Vladimir
  • 07-18-18

Great book.

I am so grateful that this brave, honest and articulate MD has taken on this task, and hope that this will be a force for change in thinking about human mortality.

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  • Richard
  • 07-18-18

Wonderful book.

This is an excellent, thought-provoking book written by a surgeon about how views our aging population and the events that relate to aging as medical issues to be fixed instead of as part of a natural process involving real, competent people who deserve the best - dignity and respect.

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  • PAUL
  • 07-19-18

Good summary and analysis.

Well written and raises important questions. That does not mean the book is without faults. The author frequently paints portraits of various individuals revealing deep inner truths. My guess is that he can not know all these people this well and that some of the claims about the inner lives of these people is more complicated than portrayed here.

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  • Robinson
  • 07-18-18

Huge Information.

My hope is that many who listen this book will be sparked to action to improve one of the many related issues that could certainly use improvement. Definitely worth the listen.

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