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.
Author: ZIP Reads
Publisher: ZIP Reads
Release Date: 101-01-01
Author and physician Atul Gawande analyzes the diverse and problematic landscape of end-of-life care. By providing examples of the good and bad, Gawande shows that we as a society can do much better for the elderly and dying. What does this ZIP Reads Summary Include? Synopsis of the original bookA detailed look at our current "medical approach" to deathAn argument for a more palliative approach to death and dyingAn in-depth editorial reviewBackground on the authorAbout the Original Book: Gawande’s book is a measured, insightful criticism of the medical model of end-of-life care. He convincingly shows that a palliative model of care not only improves the quality of our last days, but it even seems to prolong life better than its counterpart. Anyone interested in end-of-life issues, ethics, gerontology, or medicine will enjoy this book, but Gawande’s anecdotal style makes this an appealing, approachable read for just about anyone. DISCLAIMER: This book is intended as a companion to, not a replacement for, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. ZIP Reads is wholly responsible for this content and is not associated with the original author in any way.
Life is something to be treasured but when the time comes for us to embrace the promise of the circle of life we tend to sprint in the opposite direction. Mankind is finding ways to alter births, address injury and diseases, doing everything in its power to keep the decaying body alive. Dr. Atul Gawande uses his book to express his thoughts about the medical field and how he is astonished by what it is impossible to teach in medical school. How to accept the inevitable. He explains and gives experiences to shed light on roles of medical professionals. How they have to share but retain their emotions in grim situations. This book educates its audience on how medicine is a comforter to the fortunate but can also aid in the destruction of the body. Gawanda, a practicing surgeon, enlightens from firsthand experiences sharing tales of meeting elderly individuals and watching people fight for life. Yet the question remains, while we try to extend our life does it really matter in the end.
In his critically-acclaimed book Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande discusses the hardest challenge that the medical profession faces. That is, how medicine can not only improve life but how does it also improve the process of its ending. Medicine has many triumphs in modern times. This field has transformed birth, disease, and injury from being harrowing to getting more manageable. However, in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the medical field has goals that seem to often run counter to the common interest of the human spirit. Atul Gawande's Being Mortal is full of eye-opening research combined with riveting storytelling. Gawande asserts that the medical field can enhance and comfort our experience even to the very end, as it provides not only a good life but eventually, also a good end. In this comprehensive look into Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande, you'll gain insight with this essential resource as a guide to aid your discussions. Be prepared to lead with the following: More than 60 "done-for-you" discussion prompts available Discussion aid which includes a wealth of information and prompts Overall brief plot synopsis and author biography as refreshers Thought-provoking questions made for deeper examinations Creative exercises to foster alternate "if this was you" discussions And more! Please Note: This is a companion guide based on the work Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande not affiliated to the original work or author in any way and does not contain any text of the original work. Please purchase or read the original work first.
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This review of Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande provides a chapter by chapter detailed summary followed by an analysis and critique of the strengths and weaknesses of this book. Gawande draws on clinical studies, case histories and stories from his own experiences as a doctor and a son to illuminate the subject of mortality relative to modern medical systems. His treatment of the subject covers a broad range of institutions and individuals that shape the lives of the aged and terminally ill. The central thesis of the book is that the experience of the end of life has been problematized and addressed by medical models that place extending life over quality of life and institutional frameworks that place safety and efficiency over the ability for people to have autonomy over the last part of their lives. Gawande is a surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a professor at the Harvard Medical School. He is a writer at The New Yorker magazine and author of three New York Times bestselling books. Download your copy today! Available on PC, Mac, smart phone, tablet or Kindle device. (c) 2015 All Rights Reserved
ABOUT THE ORIGINAL BOOK One of the most difficult issues to address is death. The mere idea of dying causes different reactions in people, that can basically be categorized in two ways: those who see it as being reborn into a better life, and those who are terrified by the inevitability of the fact that one day they will die. Whatever our perspective of death, it is hard for us to think about how we want to spend our last days. For about fifty years, modern medicine has extended life, but medicine still has no control over how to handle the process when the time of death approaches. The longer our life expectancy, the longer our descent will be, along the tortuously long road. For those destined to die, it is questionable to put forward the scientific advances that feed the pioneers ego as an increase in quality of life. In Being Mortal, author Atul Gawande, addresses precisely this issue, and analyzes the birth of nursing homes, independent and assisted living centers, and the diverse roles that modern programs can play to support those who approach the end of their lives. We believe that medicine is about guaranteeing health and survival. But, it is much more than that. Because those who suffer from a serious illness have other priorities besides prolonging their lives - the author writes. This is reality. A person who knows that they are going to die does not want to suffer. They need to strengthen their relationships with their family and friends, be mentally conscious and healthy, not be a burden to others, and feel that their life is complete. When it comes to this aspect of mortality, health care has completely failed.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a book summary of Being Mortal by Atul Gawande and is not the original book. In the book, Gawande is able to build a narrative through the collection of experiences that leads to the conclusion that as we perceive ourselves as closer to death, our thoughts on mortality transform our goals and values to that of simpler things. Through a collection of insights, statistics and stories, Gawande argues on how we should focus less on prolonging life and more on how we can make it more meaningful. This book summarizes the original in detail, to help people effectively understand, articulate and imbibe the original work by Gawande. This book is not meant to replace the original book but to serve as a companion to it.
Author: Ruskin Bond
Publisher: Penguin UK
Release Date: 2016-04-01
This volume brings together the best of Ruskin Bond’s prose and poetry. For over four decades, by way of innumerable novels, essays, short stories and poems, the author has mapped out and peopled a unique literary landscape. This anthology has selections from all of his major books and includes the classic novella Delhi Is Not Far.
Your Quick and Simple Summary and Analysis of Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande Inside, you’ll find: An introduction to the main concepts of Being Mortal by Atul Gawande A 30-second summary of the entire book Time-saving chapter summaries Analysis and commentary A guide to additional resources, including helpful articles, books, and videos About Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande Gawande is a decorated surgeon and Harvard professor. In his most intriguing work yet, he addresses the ultimate tension in modern medicine between saving and extending lives and providing a good quality of life for those who are dying. He writes logically and passionately that quality of life, not longer life, is what the dying really want, offering both data and poignant stories to support his argument. He also provides examples of more patient-focused models for caring for the elderly. Please note that this summary of Being Mortal by Atul Gawande is NOT the original book and is meant to be read as a supplement to the original. Thanks so much for your interest in SpeedReader Summaries! We strive to save what is your most precious and limited resource--time. Do you ever feel like you just want your favorite non-fiction books to get to the point? Are you tired of wasting time weeding through fluff and anecdotes to get to the meat of the material? SpeedReader Summaries carefully distill and analyze the key points of your favorite books and provide additional commentary and resources to supplement your understanding of the material. Inside every SpeedReader summary, you’ll find a thirty-second overall summary of the book, brief summaries of the key points of each chapter, a custom analysis, and additional resources like discussion questions, relevant articles, other books, and even quizzes. At SpeedReader Summaries, bringing you maximum benefit in minimum time is our main objective!
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End A Smarter You In 15 Minutes... What is your time worth? Life is something to be treasured but when the time comes for us to embrace the promise of the circle of life we tend to sprint in the opposite direction. Mankind is finding ways to alter births, address injury and diseases, doing everything in its power to keep the decaying body alive. Dr. Atul Gawande uses his book to express his thoughts about the medical field and how he is astonished by what it is impossible to teach in medical school. How to accept the inevitable. He explains and gives experiences to shed light on roles of medical professionals. How they have to share but retain their emotions in grim situations. This book educates its audience on how medicine is a comforter to the fortunate but can also aid in the destruction of the body. Gawanda, a practicing surgeon, enlightens from firsthand experiences sharing tales of meeting elderly individuals and watching people fight for life. Yet the question remains, while we try to extend our life does it really matter in the end. Detailed overview of the book Most valuable lessons and information Key Takeaways and Analysis Take action today and grab this best selling book for a limited time discount of only $6.99! Written by Elite Summaries Please note: This is a detailed summary and analysis of the book and not the original book. keyword: Being Mortal, Being Mortal summary, Being Mortal book, Atul Gawande, Being Mortal, Being Mortal atul gawande, Being Mortal kindle, being mortal paperback
Being Mortal: by Atul Gawande | A 15-minute Key Takeaways & Analysis Preview: Being Mortal, written by Atul Gawande, brings to light an array of concepts involving death, mortality, aging, and terminal illness. Gawande includes extensive research and chronicles the stories of his patients, other doctors’ patients, and his own family members. The resulting book informs readers about many circumstances and scenarios that can help people find the best route through their or their family members’ final days, months, or years… Key Takeaways 1. Nursing homes were not created to assist the elderly with their dependency on others or provide a better option than poorhouses. They were created to clear out hospital beds. 2. Assisted living arose from the need for an alternative to nursing homes that could give patients more independence and control over their lives. 3. At the end of their lives, most people want more than to merely survive, which is where medical institutions, nursing homes, and assisted living can fall flat. 4. People need to ask themselves what would make life worth living when they are ill, old, frail, or dependent on others for daily care. PLEASE NOTE: This is key takeaways and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Inside this Instaread of Being Mortal: • Key Takeaways of the book • Introduction to the important people in the book • Analysis of the Key Takeaways
Author: Louise Aronson
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Release Date: 2019-06-11
Genre: Health & Fitness
As revelatory as Atul Gawande's Being Mortal, physician and award-winning author Louise Aronson's Elderhood is an essential, empathetic look at a vital but often disparaged stage of life. For more than 5,000 years, "old" has been defined as beginning between the ages of 60 and 70. That means most people alive today will spend more years in elderhood than in childhood, and many will be elders for 40 years or more. Yet at the very moment that humans are living longer than ever before, we've made old age into a disease, a condition to be dreaded, denigrated, neglected, and denied. Reminiscent of Oliver Sacks, noted Harvard-trained geriatrician Louise Aronson uses stories from her quarter century of caring for patients, and draws from history, science, literature, popular culture, and her own life to weave a vision of old age that's neither nightmare nor utopian fantasy--a vision full of joy, wonder, frustration, outrage, and hope about aging, medicine, and humanity itself. Elderhood is for anyone who is, in the author's own words, "an aging, i.e., still-breathing human being."
When Miss Norma was diagnosed with uterine cancer, she was advised to undergo surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. But instead of confining herself to a hospital bed for what could be her last stay, Miss Norma—newly widowed after nearly seven decades of marriage—rose to her full height of five feet and told the doctor, “I’m ninety years old. I’m hitting the road.” And so Miss Norma took off on an unforgettable around-the-country journey in a thirty-six-foot motor home with her retired son Tim, his wife Ramie, and their dog Ringo. As this once timid woman says “yes” to living in the face of death, she tries regional foods for the first time, reaches for the clouds in a hot air balloon, and mounts up for a horseback ride. With each passing mile (and one educational visit to a cannabis dispensary), Miss Norma’s health improves and conversations that had once been taboo begin to unfold. Norma, Tim, and Ramie bond in ways they had never done before, and their definitions of home, family, and friendship expand. Stop by stop, state by state, they meet countless people from all walks of life—strangers who become fast friends and welcome them with kindness and open hearts. Infused with this irrepressible nonagenarian’s wisdom, courage, and generous spirit, Driving Miss Norma is the charming, infectiously joyous chronicle of their experiences on the road. It portrays a transformative journey of living life on your own terms that shows us it is never too late to begin an adventure, inspire hope, or become a trailblazer.