Being Mortal

being mortal cover imageBeing Mortal

by Atul Gawande
Science, Mind, & Matter
Metropolitan Books
Hardcover, 304 pages
$26.00

In Being Mortal, Dr. Gawande argues that aging and dying are seen as medical conditions - versus being seen as the final stages of life - as heroic intervention has become increasingly commonplace. He tells the stories of his aging loved ones, illustrates the checkered history and promising present of elder care in the U.S., and recounts his own failings, strivings, and successes in communicating openly about death and dying with patients. Gawande offers hope about a subject many people (doctors included) are wary of but which we must bravely broach if our lives’ ends are to reflect our values. Advocating a culture-wide shift in approach to palliative care through support of a full life to the end, Being Mortal is a hopeful, important, and thoroughly engaging take on life and death.