Medicine has triumphed in modern times by transforming the danger of childbirth, injury, and disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should do.
Through eye-opening research and gripping stories of his own patients and family, Atul Gawande reveals the suffering this dynamic has produced in his newest book “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.” Gawande, a practicing surgeon, has fearlessly revealed the struggles of his profession in past books. Now, he examines its ultimate limitations and failures – in his own practices as well as others’ – as life draws to a close. And, he discovers how we can do better. He follows a hospice nurse on her rounds, a geriatrician in his clinic, and reformers turning nursing homes upside down. He finds people who show us how to have the hard conversations and how to ensure we never sacrifice what people really care about.
Riveting, honest, and humane, “Being Mortal” shows that the ultimate goal is not a good death, but a good life – all the way to the very end.
“Being Mortal” is the final book in the Estes Valley Library’s Book Club For Mortals. Sign up and claim one of ten free copies. Then join us for conversation on Thursday, November 10 at 1 p.m., and Thursday, December 8 at 1 p.m. Note that this is a two-part series and attendees should plan to attend both discussion days. Sessions will be offered in-person or on Zoom.
Book Club For Mortals is focused on discussing books related to end-of-life and subjects related to being mortal. Please note this is not a grief or bereavement group, just a space for people to have open discussions on interesting books. Book Club For Mortals is led by Mindy Rickard, the Program Coordinator for the Larimer Advance Care Planning Program.
Additional details and registration are available at estesvalleylibrary.org.