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Barack Obama (Former USA President)President Obama is spending his Hawaiian vacation playing golf, getting together with high school friends and reading a handful of dark novels set in foreign lands, according to a book list released by the White House Wednesday. The presidential reading list includes [...] two works of non-fiction for the trip: [...] "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End" by Dr. Atul Gawande.
Malcolm Gladwell (Writer & Journalist)American medicine, Being Mortal reminds us, has prepared itself for life but not for death. This is Atul Gawande's most powerful--and moving--book.
Damien Mulley (Owner/Mulley Communications)Part biography, part call to arms on the future of our health and those of our loved ones. It makes you think about how you can make your later life a lot better and healthier. Very logical steps too on how to deal with very hard decisions. From a business perspective and a personal perspective it makes you a better communicator.
Vanessa Keng (Co-Founder/The Golden Concepts)When I read Atul Gawande's Being Mortal, it reinforced my conviction in my business and heightened my passion to help others age well.
Indra Nooyi (Board of Directors/Amazon)Just finished "Being Mortal" by Atul Gawande. A beautifully written book. Captivating.
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.
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.