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Being Mortal: Illness, medicine and what matters in the end

Being Mortal: Illness, medicine and what matters in the end
This book is written by an American surgeon. He explores the modern experience of mortality and how medicine has changed this (and how it hasn't) and where our ideas about death have gone wrong.
Our Price: £9.99
ISBN/EAN: 9781846685828
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Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Author: Atul Gawande
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For most of human history, death was a common, ever-present possibility. But now, as medical advances push the boundaries of survival further each year, we have become increasingly detached from the reality of being mortal. 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 is not a good death but a good life, right to the very end. The book is pPublished in partnership with the Wellcome Collection, a free visitor destination that explores the connections between medicine, life and art.
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