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"Being Mortal" Atul Gawande

Updated: 19 hours ago

  • What? Gawande confronts the (taboo?) topic of death. From his family's own experience what does it mean to prepare for death, to lose a loved one? He confronts other issues: are doctors meant to prolong life at all cost? What are the dignified options for living as our days come to an end?

  • Who? Atul Gawande is a surgeon and senior public healthcare official.

  • Why? We enjoyed this book because Gawande asks tough end of life questions in a sensitive manner. Death is inevitable, these are questions that we should all ask but often put off.

  • So... Facing your own mortality, how do you want to spend the end of your days? What if your physical or mental faculties are compromised? These are important questions to ask, not just for yourself but for those that we leave behind.

To hear Dr Gawande speak in person, enjoy this Google Talk:

Should our focus be on lifespan or healthspan?

Look out for the publication on Kindle, Book Depository or your local book store.

Stay Healthy,

Felicia and Alastair


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