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

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

Label
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
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
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
Summary
A prominent surgeon argues against modern medical practices that extend life at the expense of quality of life while isolating the dying, outlining suggestions for freer, more fulfilling approaches to death that enable more dignified and comfortable choices
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Writing style
Award
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2014.
  • Indies' Choice Book Awards, Adult Nonfiction, 2015.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2014
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10358432
Cataloging source
DNLM/DLC
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Gawande, Atul
Dewey number
362.17/5
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
R726.8
LC item number
.G39 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Terminal care
  • Critical care medicine
  • Aging
  • Quality of life
  • Terminal Care
  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Aged
  • Aging
  • Attitude to Death
  • Prognosis
  • Quality of Life
Target audience
adult
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medicine and what matters in the end
Label
Being mortal : medicine and what matters in the end, Atul Gawande
Instantiates
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
The independent self -- Things fall apart -- Dependence -- Assistance -- A better life -- Letting go -- Hard conversations -- Courage
Control code
ocn879416935
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
282 pages
Isbn
9780805095159
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014017442
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
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
The independent self -- Things fall apart -- Dependence -- Assistance -- A better life -- Letting go -- Hard conversations -- Courage
Control code
ocn879416935
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
282 pages
Isbn
9780805095159
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014017442
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)879416935

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