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Being Mortal - Medicine and What Matters in the End

Atul Gawande

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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. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering. Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person's last weeks or months may be rich and dignified. Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robert Petkoff

Length:

9h 4m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:48


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

19:34


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

28:09


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

30:59


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

30:14


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

22:59


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

26:13


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

32:11


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

31:17


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

26:38


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

21:52


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

25:29


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

29:59


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

29:44


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

26:35


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

24:15


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

29:39


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

28:46


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

27:55


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

30:31


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:29


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

09:57


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

00:55