Being Mortal : Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End
by Atul Gawande
Editor: Profile Books Ltd
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For most of human history, death was a commune, always possible.It doesn’t matter if you were five or fifty – every day was a dice roll.But now, the progress of medicine pushes the limits of survival further, each year we become increasingly detached from the reality of mortal being.So here is a book about the modern mortality experience on what it is like to age and die, how medicine has changed and how it hasn’t, where our ideas about death went wrong.With his mark of blending finesse and sensitivity, Atul Gawande describes a story that crosses the world, as he looks at his experience as a surgeon and that of his patients and their families, and learns to accept the limits of what he can do.Never has aging been such an important subjectThe systems we have put in place to manage our mortality are clearly not; but, as Gawande reveals, it does not have to be this way.The ultimate goal, after all, is not a good death, but a good life – all the way to the end.Published in partnership with the Wellcome CollectionWELLCOME COLLECTION Wellcome Collection is free from the museum and library, which aims to challenge the way we think and feel about health.Inspired by the doctor’s objects and curiosities collected by Henry Wellcome, he puts science, medicine, life and art into the hands of the doctor.Wellcome Collection of exhibitions, events and books to explore a wide range of topics, including consciousness, forensic medicine, emotions, sexology, identity and death.The Wellcome Collection is part of Wellcome, a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health for everyone by helping great ideas, to thrive, fund more than 14,000 researchers and projects in over 70 countries.wellcomecollectionorg
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