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“Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” by Atul Gawande

Atul Gawande’s “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” is an insightful exploration of the field of modern medicine, the choices that come with aging, and the important conversations we should have about end-of-life care.

Written in an accessible style, the book is both a relatable narrative and a comprehensive examination of the current state of the healthcare system.

Personal Experience Perspective

Gawande delves into the stories of his own experience as both a physician and a son to a parent suffering from a life-altering condition in his role as a powerful family advocate.

He also shares the experiences of his patients and their families as they confront the difficult decisions that come with advancing age and limited options for treatment.

As a result, this book shines with an intimate understanding of the controversies and considerations of end-of-life care.

Examination of the Medical System

Gawande examines the current model of the medical system and makes an argument for how it needs to be restructured in order to better support those facing terminal illness.

He outlines the impact of research, technology, and the industry. In addition, he shines a light on the sometimes harsh realities of modern healthcare, including the various pitfalls and biases that exist in the industry.

Comprehensive Look at End-of-Life Care

The book also provides a comprehensive look at end-of-life care and how it has evolved over the years.

Gawande probes into the conversations that should take place between patients and their families, offering concrete strategies and advice.

He examines various approaches such as hospice care, and provides a deeper understanding of the life-altering choices patients and their families face.


Atul Gawande’s “Being Mortal” is a thoughtful exploration that examines the issues surrounding modern medicine and the choices we must make when it comes to end-of-life care.

The book provides a comprehensive look at the patients and families who must confront difficult decisions and offers practical insights and advice for those who need it.

It is an ultimately inspiring read and an important resource for anyone dealing with end-of-life care.

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