That Good Night

Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour
Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (126 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“A profound exploration of what it means for all of us to live - and to die - with dignity and purpose.” (People

“Visceral and lyrical.” (The Atlantic

As the American-born daughter of immigrants, Dr. Sunita Puri knew from a young age that the gulf between her parents' experiences and her own was impossible to bridge, save for two elements: medicine and spirituality. Between days spent waiting for her mother, an anesthesiologist, to exit the OR, and evenings spent in conversation with her parents about their faith, Puri witnessed the tension between medicine's impulse to preserve life at all costs and a spiritual embrace of life's temporality. And it was that tension that eventually drew Puri, a passionate but unsatisfied medical student, to palliative medicine - a new specialty attempting to translate the border between medical intervention and quality-of-life care.

Interweaving evocative stories of Puri's family and the patients she cares for, That Good Night is a stunning meditation on impermanence and the role of medicine in helping us to live and die well, arming listeners with information that will transform how we communicate with our doctors about what matters most to us.

©2019 Sunita Puri (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

That Good Night is a timely and important work: an insider's view of caring for the sickest patients and a moving exploration of life's impermanence. Sunita Puri's deft attention to language, both in her writing and in her work as a doctor, is a testament to the power of story, narrative, and context to help us make sense of life and its end.” (Lucy Kalanithi, MD, widow of Paul Kalanithi, author of the number one New York Times best-selling book When Breath Becomes Air

“Rich with piercing insights about life and death in modern medicine, Dr. Sunita Puri’s memoir braids together beautifully written narratives of her patients with her quest to understand her place in her family and her path as a doctor.” (Ira Byock, MD, author of Dying Well and The Best Care Possible

"Spiritually grounded, poetic, and brilliant.... Puri has claimed her place in the ranks of illustrious physician-writers." (Katy Butler, author of Knocking on Heaven's Door)

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Never needed 1.25x more... GREAT BOOK THOUGH!

Having worked in healthcare for six months, and being recently excepted to nursing school, this was a book I came across in Barnes and Noble, and its focus on spirituality peaked my interest. I certainly knew what hospice was and I knew the definition of palliative care, but I rarely discern the difference between the two. She really shows all the sides of palliative care, the spirituality, the emotional side, and of course the physical side. I just have one suggestion for this amazing book, when you read it, you probably want to put the speed up to 1.25X because her voice does get a little bit monotonous end it makes the book much more interesting if you listen a little bit quicker.

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Life changing

I loved this book. I mean I’m not a huge fan of memoirs because they can come across as boastful. But this one was just well-rounded and thought provoking. Dr. Puri explains death in such a way that you don’t cringe at the mention of it, instead you slowly come to start changing the way your mind views death. I read this for a book club that I belong to and this is one of the books that I will list as having influenced my life. Thank you, Dr. Puri for writing this!!

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A must read

This is not an easy listen but one that everyone should. Intelligent and thought provoking I’m pleased to have listened. Thank you Sunita Puri.

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Speaking truth with sincerity

I would recommend this book to everyone because we will each face end of life Decisions. I would especially suggest it to medical & nursing students, physicians, health care professionals, pastoral care, clergy I have already recommended it to family members & friends while listening to the touching stories Dr Puri relates. The writing is beautiful & poignant; Dr Puri has a gift for language like a poet. I am grateful I heard her interview on NPR so that I was informed of her book. I would certainly want a palliative care team to work with my family & me in the 11th hour. I loved her idea of a therapy dog as part of the palliative care team. I hope that vision manifests. Thank you, Dr Puri

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Informative and Excellent

As a hospital palliative care chaplain, this was an informative and inspiring story of a medical provider's journey into palliative medicine, as well as the struggles faced with patients, families, colleagues, and ourselves. I had heard an interview with Dr. Puri with Rabbi Rami Shapiro and was inspired to listen to the book. The narrator was closely matched with the voice of the author and did an excellent job. Highly recommended

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Exquisite and Powerful

At times difficult to listen to, and at other times hard to put down. Death is something we all will face.... I only hope I can remember the wisdom imparted in this book, with the compassion and honesty of Dr. Sunita Puri. I recommend this book to everyone who may someday experience the helplessness of accompanying a loved one on their last journey. Beautifully written and filled with courage and grace.

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Beautifully written and great performance

This amazing book describe a specialty that so many misunderstand. It describes the specialty of Palliative Care which provide spiritual emotional and physical care for those with serious illnesses . Sunita Puri, MD is able to beautifully articulate this care as a care and craft that makes it understandable in a way that few can. Proud of her as if she were on my team!

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LOVED IT ! !

Great job. I could understand from both sides. Thank you for writing this book, as it is so needed still.

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Beautifully written and exceedingly helpful

Loads of information, humility, and persistent respect for the listener - who is made comfortable with this challenging subject by homemade sag paneer, a bowl of golden dal and Dr Puri's wise, soothing voice

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An evolution into medicine.

Dr. Puri's personal account of education and experience with palliative care. It's heartwarming and recommended.

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