Being mortal : medicine and what matters in the end
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Published:
New York : Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
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Book Club Kit
Edition:
First edition.
Physical Desc:
282 pages ; 22 cm.
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TELL WPL Book Club
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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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Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-277).
Description
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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Wilkinson Public Library's kit of 10 books and check out as one unit to book clubs.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Gawande, A. (2014). Being mortal: medicine and what matters in the end. First edition. New York: Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Gawande, Atul. 2014. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. New York: Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Gawande, Atul, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. New York: Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2014.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Gawande, Atul. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. First edition. New York: Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2014.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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