The Care and Management of Mortality

February 10, 2015 9:51 PM

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The Care and Management of Mortality

Dr. Atul Gawande's Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End provides healthy doses of reality - the realities of disease, deterioration, debilitation, decline, dementia, dependence, despondency, and demise.

From those dreads, we might be prompted to imagine a Valentine's "gift" - taking the time to discuss, with loved ones, what really counts when the days begin to count down. Gawande's marshalling of data, his interweaving of interviews and personal histories, and his descriptions of care-giving innov...

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