Atul Gawande: On Being Mortal
Modern medicine has extended our lives, but is it helping us to live better in terms of aging and dying? In his new book Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End (read an excerpt here), surgeon Atul Gawande says that we have medicalized aging. Gawande examines how we can improve end-of-life care, from developing better nursing homes to holding honest conversations in the doctor’s office.
Atul Gawande is author of Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End (Metropolitan Books, 2014) and surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.