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Being mortal : medicine and what matters in the end

Author: Atul Gawande
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook : Sound recording   Computer File : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic audio books
Material Type: Audio book, etc., Sound recording
Document Type: Sound Recording, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Atul Gawande
ISBN: 0805095152 9780805095159
OCLC Number: 962362296
Notes: This recording contains program announcements from a broadcast of Minnesota Radio Talking Book.
Performer(s): Read by Robert Petkoff.
Description: 1 online resource (1 audio file)
Details: DAISY Digital Talking Book.
Contents: Introduction --
The independent self --
Things fall apart --
Dependence --
Assistance --
A better life --
Letting go --
Hard conversations --
Courage --
Epilogue.
Other Titles: Medicine and what matters in the end
Responsibility: Atul Gawande.

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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.

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