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Atul Gawande is a surgical resident in Boston and staff writer on medicine and science for The New Yorker. A former Rhodes scholar, he received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He lives with his wife and three children in Newton, Massachusetts. (Publisher Fact Sheets) Atul Gawande is a surgeon näytä lisää at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, a staff writer for The New Yorker, and a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. He is also the Executive Director of Ariadne Labs and chairman of Lifebox, a nonprofit organization making surgery safer globally. He has written several books including Complications, Better, The Checklist Manifesto, and Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. He has won the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science and two National Magazine Awards. He will be appearing at the 2015 Auckland Writers Festival in New Zealand. He won the prize for Adult Non-fiction in the Indies Choice Book Awards 2015 with Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
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The Best American Essays 2003 (2003) — Avustaja — 314 kappaletta
The Best American Essays 2008 (2008) — Avustaja — 290 kappaletta
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2011 (2011) — Avustaja — 290 kappaletta
The Best American Science Writing 2007 (2007) — Avustaja — 237 kappaletta
The Best American Essays 2002 (2002) — Avustaja — 223 kappaletta
The Best American Science Writing 2005 (2005) — Avustaja — 192 kappaletta
The Best American Science Writing 2000 (2000) — Avustaja — 166 kappaletta
The Best American Science Writing 2003 (2003) — Avustaja — 165 kappaletta
The Best American Science Writing 2004 (2004) — Avustaja — 153 kappaletta
The Best American Science Writing 2002 (2002) — Avustaja — 146 kappaletta
The Best American Science Writing 2009 (2009) — Avustaja — 116 kappaletta
The Best American Magazine Writing 2010 (2010) — Avustaja — 44 kappaletta
The Best American Magazine Writing 2011 (2011) — Avustaja — 36 kappaletta
The Best of Slate: A 10th Anniversary Anthology (2006) — Avustaja — 28 kappaletta

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Gawande, Atul
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Athens, Ohio, USA
Newton, Massachusetts, USA
Stanford University
Harvard Medical School (M.D.)
Harvard School of Public Health (M.P.H.)
Oxford University (Balliol College, P.P.E.)
Federal bureaucrat
political advisor
Harvard University
Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset
MacArthur Fellowship (2006)
Rhodes Scholar
Newsweek Magazine's 20 Most Influential South Asians
Tina Bennett
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Atul Gawande was born in Brooklyn. He obtained his undergraduate degree at Stanford University. As a Rhodes Scholar, he spent a year at Oxford University. After two years at Harvard Medical School he left to become Bill Clinton's health care lieutenant during the 1992 campaign, and became a senior adviser in the Department of Health and Human Services after President Clinton's inauguration. He returned to medical school and earned his M.D in 1994, as well as an M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health. He practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and is director of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation. He is Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health and Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is also a staff writer on medicine and science for the New Yorker.



The medical profession is generally trained to resolve problems, to fix problems. But age is a normal function that continuously makes life more difficult. Age cannot be fixed. The medical profession can patch the body, but always temporarily and usually with other consequences. Even if a person does everything right, they will still accumulates problem and end with death. Making more correct health choices over a life time can reduce the chances of many age-related symptoms, but death cannot be overcome. Not thinking about the aging process, prevents individuals from adapting to the differences. Only by accepting the fragility of life, can an individual change to make the aging experience better.

The problems of age are a recent human phenomenon. Historically, old age was rare, as people did not survive to experience the ravages of age. Medicine made many previously fatal events, not mortally threatening, therefore prolonging life. Medicine has even slowed down many mortal threats. Slowed down their progression, but not cure them. Death is still the final outcome. There are those who do not fear death, but fear what happens before death. The loss of function, and friends. Perspective changes when primed by age. Perspective that reorients priorities away from vanities, power, and achievements, and towards appreciating everyday pleasures, and connecting with others.

As people age, they become more dependent on others, but they do still want to live at home and be independent. Nursing homes tend to relieve family members of the burden of taking care of the elderly, not of making life worth living for those people. There are facilities that enable elders to live as well as they can, by bringing to them things that make life worth living.

For the elderly, choosing freedom does not mean that health is sacrificed. Research showed that those who had more independence, had better physical, cognitive, and mental health. Better outcomes, at lower costs.

There are people, are can be very active in old age. But that is a rarity. Biological luck. Making everyone else feel like a failure. Distracting everyone else from adapting to their situations. For most, the fragile body will continue to weaken.

This is a very emotionally jarring book. The reader must come prepared emotionally to handle the topic. Without even much prompting, the book forces the reader to reflect on one’s own life. One’s own mortality. One’s own inevitabilities. This reflection, the acknowledged finite time of one’s life, can make individual’s change the choices that they make.

This book uses many examples to highlight the problems with how the society deals with aging. Sometimes, the author gets lost in the examples, which distracts from the problem that needs correcting.
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Eugene_Kernes | 283 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 4, 2024 |
"Being Mortal to me reminds me that life is short and we must live life according to our own ancient lifestyle habits and not the modern habits. To me that means taking care of my body by exercising daily in different formats, eating healthy foods, enjoying nature and its simple beauties and spending time with family and loved ones through conversations over the phone and in person. it also taught me that your tribe that you make your family is everything to keep you going when you are older to sustain you so that you can live on your own with minimal support."

"Coming form a background wherein the elderly are not placed in a nursing home once they reach ancient years but are taken in by younger relatives and cared for until they pass away it means that family unity is important to my familial clan and to my natal family-my parents-as well. My siblings see it differently though I won't get into that here in this review. I also see caring for my parents not as my duty, but as my obligation to pay it forward and to bless them in their aging years and give them an excellent quality of life just as they gave me a great start to life!"

"I will always treasure this book for reminding me that living with my parents until they die and caring for them out of love and joy is better than moving out and being miserable to pay someone else's mortgage and let them live debt free and have a better quality of life whilst your parents suffer in their lives. From the example the author gave about his relatives it inspired me to stay the course and continue serving my parents faithfully in their home and do my part to make their lives easier as they age by being as supportive of their independence and wishes as much as possible and for them to respect mine as well. But for us to also collaborate together as a team to come. up with a game plan for their enjoyment and happiness without spending any money. For me that is spending time reading with my mother. For my father and I ti is deep conversations that give me insights and a window into his heart and peace in knowing that he is going to be okay even though he may never be reconciled with certain family members for various reasons. I see it as my duty and my charge to bolster my parents and to champion my siblings separately and promote unity and harmony for all my living relatives that I am in contact with so that being mortal in this life of living will turn into a beautiful eternity of a lasting legacy of joy, harmony, wisdom, and peace at the end of our days. That is what this book taught me."
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Kaianna.Isaure | 283 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 29, 2024 |
Tempted to give this 5 stars. Very well written, clear & important.
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Abcdarian | 131 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 18, 2024 |
An excellent look at the end of life in its many forms, focused on old age but including terminal illness at all ages. Hospice and palliative care are so important but they are often put off in hopes of finding a cure for what may not have one. I think this would have been better with some mention of the disparities between care offered to those in different socioeconomic classes. This was still very good though, especially with the focus on accepting our own mortality.
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KallieGrace | 283 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 8, 2024 |



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