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Being mortal : medicine and what matters in the end / Atul Gawande.

Gawande, Atul, author. (Author).
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  • 1 of 5 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium. (Show)
  • 1 of 5 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library.

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2 current holds with 5 total copies.

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Breckenridge Public Library 362.175 GAW (Text) 33500011972031 Main In transit -
Climax Public Library 362.175 GAW (Text) 33500011934528 Main Available -
Crookston Public Library 362.175 GAW (Text) 33500011972015 Main Checked out 07/31/2018
Detroit Lakes Public Library 362.175 GAW (Text) 33500011761889 Main On holds shelf -
Moorhead Public Library 362.175 GAW (Text) 33500011972023 Main Checked out 07/23/2018

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780805095159 (hbk.)
  • ISBN: 0805095152 (hbk.)
  • Physical Description: 282 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company, 2014.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note: The independent self -- Things fall apart -- Dependence -- Assistance -- A better life -- Letting go -- Hard conversations -- Courage.
Summary, etc.: Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families of the terminally ill.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2014 October #1
    *Starred Review* Distressed by how "the waning days of our lives are given over to treatments that addle our brains and sap our bodies for a sliver's chance of benefit," surgeon Gawande (The Checklist Manifesto, 2010) confronts the contemporary experience of aging and dying. Culture and modern medicine encourage an end-of-life approach that focuses on safety and protection but is sadly shallow. He frets that residents of nursing homes are often lonely and bored. Physicians are keen on intervening whenever a body is diseased or broken. Yet this "medical imperative" applied to terminally ill individuals can be frustrating, expensive, and even disastrous. Gawande suggests that what most of us really want when we are elderly and incapable of taking care of ourselves are simple pleasures and the autonomy to script the final chapter of life. Making his case with stories about people who are extremely frail, very old, or dying, he explores some options available when decrepitude sets in or death approaches: palliative care, an assisted living facility, hospice, an elderly housing community, and family caregivers. One of these stories is the impassioned account of his father's deterioration and death from a tumor of the spinal cord. As a writer and a doctor, Gawande appreciates the value of a good ending. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Atul Gawande is author of four bestselling books: Complications, a finalist for the National Book Award; Better, selected by Amazon as one of the ten best books of 2007; The Checklist Manifesto; and his most recent, Being Mortal. He is also a surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, a staff writer for The New Yorker, and a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. He has won the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science, a MacArthur Fellowship, and two National Magazine Awards. In his work in public health, he is Executive Director of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation, and chairman of Lifebox, a nonprofit organization making surgery safer globally. He and his wife have three children and live in Newton, Massachusetts.

Subject: Terminal Care
Critical care medicine
Aging > Physiological aspects.
Quality of life
Terminal Care
Activities of Daily Living.
Aging > physiology.
Attitude to Death
Quality of life
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