Review: "Being Mortal" by Atul Gawande
A very moving read by a surgeon and engaging writer. As life spans extend thanks to modern medicine, how do we work for the greatest opportunities for the elderly to live on their own terms and to define their quality of life? And as end-of-life medical measures abound, how do we face mortality and ask the most important questions to and of the dying?
This might be just the book to read if you or your parents are in the later seasons of life. But this is also a book for anyone in medical or caring professions, because in keeping mortality in focus, the author is truly calling us to keep people in focus - living, breathing human beings, with profoundly experienced hopes and fears. We are both blessed with so many technologies and medical interventions, and cursed with the momentum they provide down a path that favors efficiency and efficacy over essential meaning and personal dignity and agency.