Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End - Wellcome (Paperback)
  • Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End - Wellcome (Paperback)

Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End - Wellcome (Paperback)

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Our July 2015 Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month.

For most of human history, death was a common, ever-present possibility. It didn't matter whether you were five or fifty - every day was a roll of the dice. But now, as medical advances push the boundaries of survival further each year, we have become increasingly detached from the reality of being mortal. So here is a book about the modern experience of mortality - about what it's like to get old and die, how medicine has changed this and how it hasn't, where our ideas about death have gone wrong. With his trademark mix of perceptiveness and sensitivity, Atul Gawande outlines a story that crosses the globe, as he examines his experiences as a surgeon and those of his patients and family, and learns to accept the limits of what he can do. Never before has aging been such an important topic. The systems that we have put in place to manage our mortality are manifestly failing; but, as Gawande reveals, it doesn't have to be this way. The ultimate goal, after all, is not a good death, but a good life - all the way to the very end. Published in partnership with the Wellcome Collection, a free visitor destination that explores the connections between medicine, life and art.


"Gawande wants us to know that the tragedy of old age and death cannot be fixed by modern medicine, so we better find some other way to deal with it… beautifully written, moving and clear… [an] admirable book." The New York Review of Books

 "…written with warmth and panache, a plea to the medical profession and the rest of us to shift away from simply fighting for longer life towards fighting for the things that make life meaningful." The Observer

"Being Mortal is not only wise and deeply moving, it is an essential and insightful book for our times."  Oliver Sacks

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781846685828

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“Very interesting read”

I am so glad I read this book, it was thought provoking and made me think about how important well being is as well as medicine. Highly recommended.

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“Great! ”

A beautiful and thought provoking consideration of the end of life. This book is so, so much more than a review of end of life care.
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