Being Mortal

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

Non-Fiction, Languages & Reference, Dictionaries & Reference, Popular Science
Paperback Published on: 01/07/2015
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Being Mortal
Being Mortal
A passionate and thoughtful treatise on how we approach death and the dying, old age and terminal illness. The end comes to us all eventually but is the wa... READ MORE
Steven at Aberdeen


Our July 2015 Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month. 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. Published in partnership with the Wellcome Collection, a free visitor destination that explores the connections between medicine, life and art.

  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781846685828
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Weight: 243g
  • Dimensions: 194 x 126 x 18 mm

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Being Mortal
A beautiful and thought provoking consideration of the end of life. This book is so, so much more than a review of end of life care. I am an avid reader ... READ MORE
Molly Spink
Being Mortal
Very interesting read
I am so glad I read this book, it was thought provoking and made me think about how important well being is as well as medicine. Highly recommended.
Being Mortal
Thought provoking and interesting read
Being mortal covers many different areas that society doesn't tend to talk about. The book is honest, sincere and provokes interesting thoughts and feelin... READ MORE
Being Mortal
Who controls your life story?
With another parliamentary private members bill to legalise assisted suicide imminent this little book has never been more relevant. Dr Gawande takes the ... READ MORE
Tim Dumble
Being Mortal
Not the end of the line.....
I was inspired and frightened by this book. Frightened because I can see the bad end of care happening too often, to too many people, creating an ever-incr... READ MORE
Being Mortal
Being Mortal
A book that really makes you think and makes you take a step back to evaluate your perspective. Excellently written. Definitely worth a read!
Jess Beet
Being Mortal
Fascinating and Insightful Read
I was lucky enough to win a review copy of this book from Waterstones and I am so glad I did. The subject of death and end of life experience is a really ... READ MORE
Alayne Nash
Being Mortal
Insightful and inspiring!
Atul Gawande's Being Mortal discusses the sensitive topic of mortality and the limitations of medicine through his own personal journey as a doctor. Gawand... READ MORE
Being Mortal
Thought provokin
I chose this book ,having read the synopsis on his previous, Checklist Manifesto the day before I had surgery and very reassuringly experienced the operati... READ MORE
jo davies
Being Mortal
Such a touching, beautiful and thought provoking book. Would recommend everyone read it especially those in medicine or care.
Shannon Marr
Being Mortal
A great read
It's about how we, as a society, care for the oldest people, and how we deal with the end of life. Moving and insightful. Recommended.
Florence Wattis
Being Mortal
Intelligent and thought provoking
This book considers how we can treat people in a more humane way when they reach the end of their lives. An important read for anyone who has had to face d... READ MORE
Jane Travaglia
Being Mortal
Being Mortal
Moving read, Sara's story was definitely one of the tougher stories within the book. Considers the fine line between aiding a patient with medical drugs, w... READ MORE
Felipe Dinis