Being mortal: medicine and what matters in the end

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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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subject_facet Activities of Daily Living, Aged, Aging, Aging -- Physiological aspects, Aging -- physiology, Attitude (Psychology), Attitude to Death, Audiobooks, Conduct of life, Critical care medicine, Death, Death -- Attitudes, Diagnosis, Elderly, Electronic books, Geriatricians, Hospice care, Hospice nurses, Large type books, MEDICAL / Health Policy, MEDICAL / Terminal Care, Medical / Health Care Delivery, Nursing home patients -- Care, Older people -- Medical care, Prognosis, Quality of life, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Death & Dying, Terminal care
title_display Being mortal : medicine and what matters in the end
title_full Being Mortal Medicine and What Matters in the End, Being mortal : [medicine and what matters in the end] [electronic resource] / Atul Gawande, Being mortal : medicine and what matters in the end / Atul Gawande, Being mortal [sound recording] : medicine and what matters in the end / Atul Gawande, New York times bestselling author of The checklist manifesto, Being mortal [text (large print)] : medicine and what matters in the end / Atul Gawande
title_short Being mortal :
title_sub medicine and what matters in the end
topic_facet Activities of Daily Living, Aged, Aging, Attitude (Psychology), Attitude to Death, Attitudes, Audiobooks, Care, Conduct of life, Critical care medicine, Death, Diagnosis, Elderly, Electronic books, Geriatricians, Hospice care, Hospice nurses, Large type books, Medical, Medical care, Nonfiction, Nursing home patients, Older people, Physiological aspects, Prognosis, Quality of life, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Death & Dying, Sociology, Terminal care, physiology