Review: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the EndBeing Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is an absolute must read for everyone in our society. Any society. I cannot recommend it highly enough, because it is IMPORTANT. The topic is important, the discussion is important and most of all, it is important that YOU begin thinking about these things for you and your parents. As in right now.

Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal explores the impact of aging on our bodies, our life experiences, our family dynamics, our societal structures, and our healthcare system. We as individuals rarely take time to think about our own future as we age and become more feeble and start having falls. What about our parents? What do you think about nursing homes? Is there a better option? Honestly, Being Mortal doesn’t exactly give us discrete answers. But it’s a very complicated problem and the first step towards getting better options and eventually a better answer is to start putting some thought into the situation. That is especially true for each of our individual families.

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