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That Good Night

Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour
Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
5 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"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)

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

“Visceral and lyrical.... In a high-tech world, [Puri’s] specialty is not cures, but questions - about pain, about fraught prospects, about what ‘miracle’ might really mean. Her tool is language, verbal and physical. Wielding carefully measured words, can she guide but not presume to dictate? Heeding the body’s signals, not just beeping monitors, can she distinguish between a fixable malady and impending death? Puri the doctor knows that masterful control isn’t the point. For Puri the writer, her prose proves that it is.” (The Atlantic)

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

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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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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 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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Good information, too repetitive

I appreciated the thorough coverage of the scope and purpose of palliative care as well as the difficulty of its acceptance by many patients, their families, and often their doctors. Still, in my opinion, the book would have benefitted from some serious editing. There was tedious repetion of resistant families and, for me, far too much focus on inner thoughts, spiritualism, and descriptions of views and meals.

On the other hand, if I were looking down the barrel of a terminal illness I would want to be a patient of Dr. Puri.

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better than Dr Gawande (no offence to him)

this is a story of how a young doctor became a palliative care physician. I recommend thisbbook for everyone, it helpsed me understand the point of view of patients doctors in differing specialties and families. the main take home poi t (I learned this the hard way) is that we all need to get an advanced directive and share it with our families. and live life as if each day is our last.