In Being Mortal, Gawande draws on his experiences as a surgeon, as he confronts therealities of aging and dying in his patients and his family, as well as the limits of what he can do. He explores questions that range from the curious tothe profound: Did human beings really commit senecide, the sacrifice of the elderly? Why do the aged so dread nursing homes and hospitals? How should someone give another person the news that they will die?
Told only as Atul Gawande can penetrating people's lives and fundamental choices and also the systems that have evolved to govern our mortality. Those systems routinely fail to serve or even acknowledge people's needs andpriorities beyond mere survival.