Being Mortal


“Our ultimate  goal, after all, is not a good death but a good life to the very end.”

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.

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Comments from other readers:

“Great book. Really highlights why it’s so important to find out what really matters to people.  The recent Horizon programme was very thought provoking too. Very powerful messages including is  morally wrong to waste the time of a dying person. The easiest way a clinician can waste the time of a dying person is to undertake interventions that add no value.”


“As a non-clinical member of staff I was surprised at how relevant this book was and how easily I could relate to the content – Great Read!”

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Filed Under Uncategorized Posted by devcore on 26 January 2021