Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End – Book Review

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End’ is a medical marvel by Atul Gawande who is an American surgeon and writer who has done sufficient research on public health. Gawande practices in Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts in the department of endocrine and general surgery. Additionally, he is an associate director of their Center for Surgery and Public Health. His book emphasizes on the fact that medicine not only ensures a good life but also a good end.

‘Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End’ is full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling. The book also tells the story of Gawande’s father, a surgeon, and writer for The New Yorker. The story starts with Gawande’s father feeling neck pain and itchiness in his fingers. A few years later, Gawande’s father is diagnosed with spinal cord tumor.

In this book, Gawande calls for a change in the philosophy of healthcare. The book focuses on helping readers live better with forthcoming death, illness, and old-age problems. ‘Being Mortal’ is another valuable addition to the growing literature on medicine, aging and death. In it, Gawande quite spectacularly captures the life of old aged individuals in modern day America. ‘Being Mortal’ is a book that asks what it means to be alive.

His understanding of our medical system comes from a firsthand perspective. He has seen doctors subjecting patients to miserable circumstances, all in the name of a longer life. ‘Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End’ is a masterful exploration of death, aging, and how the medical profession mishandles them both. So if you want to get a good account of how medicine can ensure a long and fulfilling life, then ‘Being Mortal’ is a must read for you.

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