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Being Mortal - Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End

Being Mortal - Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End
Cover: Fűzött
ISBN: 9781846685828
Language: angol
Size: 19.8
Page no.: 304
Publish year: 2014
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Being Mortal - Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End

For most of human history, death was a common, ever-present possibility. It didn`t matter whether you were five or fifty - every day was a roll of the dice. But now, as medical advances push the boundaries of survival further each year, we have become increasingly detached from the reality of being mortal. So here is a book about the modern experience of mortality - about what it`s like to get old and die, how medicine has changed this and how it hasn`t, where our ideas about death have gone wrong. 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, after all, is not a good death, but a good life - all the way to the very end.

About the author
Atul Gawande is a surgeon, writer and public health researcher. He practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women`s Hospital in Boston. He is also Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Publisher: Profile Books
Category: Orvostudomány




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