December 2015: Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande

The December meetings will be at the home of Meredith Hill, 631 Lillian Street (705-748-9592) at 2pm December 10th and tentatively December 24th.

Being Mortal bookcoverOur book for this month is Being Mortal by Atul Gawande.

Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, injury, and disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should.

Through eye-opening research and gripping stories of his own patients and family, Gawande reveals the suffering this dynamic has produced. Nursing homes, devoted above all to safety, battle with residents over the food they are allowed to eat and the choices they are allowed to make. Doctors, uncomfortable discussing patients’ anxieties about death, fall back on false hopes and treatments that are actually shortening lives instead of improving them. And families go along with all of it.

Riveting, honest, and humane, Being Mortal shows that the ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life — all the way to the very end.

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