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The Resource Being mortal : medicine and what matters in the end, Atul Gawande

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

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Being mortal : medicine and what matters in the end
Title
Being mortal
Title remainder
medicine and what matters in the end
Statement of responsibility
Atul Gawande
Title variation
Medicine and what matters in the end
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Language
eng
Summary
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
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Award
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2014.
  • Indies' Choice Book Awards, Adult Nonfiction, 2015.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2014
Review
  • Leading surgeon, Harvard medical professor, and best-selling author, Gawande is also a staff writer at The New Yorker , which published the National Magazine Award-winning article that serves as the basis for this study of how contemporary medicine can do a better, more humane job of managing death and dying. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed May 15, 2014) (Library Journal, vol 139, issue 9, p50)
  • A prominent surgeon and journalist takes a cleareyed look at aging and death in 21st-century America. Modern medicine can perform miracles, but it is also only concerned with preserving life rather than dealing with end-of-life issues. Drawing on his experiences observing and helping terminally ill patients, Gawande (The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, 2009, etc.) offers a timely account of how modern Americans cope with decline and mortality. He points out that dying in America is a lonely, complex business. Before 1945, people could count on spending their last days at home. Now, most die in institutional settings, usually after trying every medical procedure possible to head off the inevitable. Quality of life is often sacrificed, in part because doctors lack the ability to help patients negotiate a bewildering array of medical and nonmedical options. Many, like Gawande's mother-in-law, Alice, find that they must take residence in senior housing or assisted care facilities due to the fact that no other reasonable options exist. But even the most well-run of these "homes" are problematic because they can only offer sterile institutional settings that restrict independence and can cause psychological distress. Moving in with adult children is also difficult due to the tensions and conflicts that inevitably arise. Yet the current system shows signs of reform. Rather than simply inform patients about their options or tell them what to do, some doctors, including the author, are choosing to offer the guidance that helps patients make their own decisions regarding treatment options and outcomes. By confronting the reality rather than pretending it can be beaten and understanding that "there are times where the cost of pushing exceeds its value," the medical establishment can offer the kind of compassion that allows for more humane ways to die. As Gawande reminds readers, "endings matter." A sensitive, intelligent and heartfelt examination of the processes of aging and dying.(Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2014)
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10358432
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Gawande, Atul
Dewey number
362.17/5
Index
no index present
LC call number
R726.8
LC item number
.G39 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2014 M-608
  • WB 310
  • WB 310
NLM item number
G284b 2014
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True
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  • Terminal care
  • Critical care medicine
  • Aging
  • Quality of life
  • Aging
  • Critical care medicine
  • Quality of life
  • Terminal care
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medicine and what matters in the end
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Being mortal : medicine and what matters in the end, Atul Gawande
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-277)
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volume
Carrier MARC source
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Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- The independent self -- Things fall apart -- Dependence -- Assistance -- A better life -- Letting go -- Hard conversations -- Courage -- Epilogue
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
282 pages
Isbn
9780805095159
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014017442
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)879416935
Label
Being mortal : medicine and what matters in the end, Atul Gawande
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-277)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- The independent self -- Things fall apart -- Dependence -- Assistance -- A better life -- Letting go -- Hard conversations -- Courage -- Epilogue
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
282 pages
Isbn
9780805095159
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014017442
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)879416935

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