Being Mortal – in the news!

Photograph of Atul Gawande, author of Being Mortal

Atul Gawande, M.D.


Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Dr. Atul Gawande, surgeon and writer is in the news!  The book might well tip the balance of how doctors treat aging and how our entire culture views death.  He compares three very different experiences in his own family as well as doing extensive research on how we have arrived where we are now.

As the jacket says “when it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and death what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should.”  Gawande describes the history of care of the infirm elderly with no illusions of a former golden era.  At the same time he makes it clear that we simply can’t continue on our current path.

The topic is timely, his writing is exquisite, and our present situation is hungry for his humanity and expertise.




Here are a few of the numerous articles and interviews about the book:

The Best Possible Day Gawande’s own NYT article

Don’t Spoil the Ending An excellent NYT critique

WBUR article by Carol Laciofano

Daily Show  Live interview with John Stewart

How Medicine Can Improve Life and Death  Live interview with Leonard Lopate

Democracy Now – Interview

We Have Medicalized Aging and That Experiment is Failing Us  Mother Jones interview


I am currently devouring the book, join me!

Atul Gawande: “We Have Medicalized Aging, and That Experiment Is Failing Us”

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    Barb Ackemann



    on your recommendation, I ordered his book. We’ll need to be having these conversations with each other and our kids.



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