by Atul Gawande –
Atul Gawande is an author, surgeon and professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health.
Being Mortal is for both professional and nonprofessional readers. It confronts the impact of our scientific advances on the way we approach death, and questions the direction our practices lead us to, and so invites consideration of alternative approaches and questions to the subject of our mortality.
Drawing on both his patients and his personal experiences Gawande looks at the struggles we all face with the limitations of life. He looks at how the changes in medical advances have changed where and how we might die and with this how our expectations, understanding and awareness of death has been affected.
He invites the reader to consider what it might be like to place more emphasis on living well, rather than living only to prolong life and delay death.