Book Review : Being Mortal

“Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” is written by Atul Gawande. I have went through the audio version of the book. Its a first book I have read on the subject of death. It shocks me because the author speaks of death but with a perspective of hope of better life. Atul weaves in stories of patients, the old and  the terminally ill. Both these categories are closer to death and how the medical team tries to relate to them during their ending days. For the old, he mostly talks about nursing and assisted living. And for terminally ill about hospice services.

Throughout the book he stresses on palliative care. 3 questions need to be asked to person who’s  coming to the term of their life in their consciousness.

  1. Do you have an understanding of the present situation?
  2. What are your goals and what are your fear?
  3. How do you want to live the last days of your life?

Rating: 4.5/5 . A very good book to understand on the ending days of life through stories. It sincerely talks about shortfalls in the medical team for such patients(terminally ill).

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