Review: Atul Gawande’s ‘Being Mortal’

October 31, 2014 4:48 PM

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Review: Atul Gawande’s ‘Being Mortal’

Modern medicine keeps us healthy and alive longer now than any time in human history. But when an older person nears death, most medical professionals fail when dealing with a patient’s human needs and do more harm than good.

This is the grim conclusion of Atul Gawande, a noted surgeon and keen observer, whose new book Being Mortal will send a shiver through anyone who would like to face old age with dignity intact and their wishes honored.

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