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Being Mortal

Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End

For most of human history, death was a common, ever-present possibility. It didn't matter whether you were five or fifty - every day was a roll of the dice. But now, as medical advances push the boundaries of survival further each year, we have become increasingly detached from the reality of being mortal.
So here is a book about the modern experience of mortality - about what it's like to get old and die, how medicine has changed this and how it hasn't, where our ideas about death have gone wrong. With his trademark mix of perceptiveness and sensitivity, Atul Gawande outlines a story that crosses the globe, as he examines his experiences as a surgeon and those of his patients and family, and learns to accept the limits of what he can do.
Never before has aging been such an important topic. The systems that we have put in place to manage our mortality are manifestly failing; but, as Gawande reveals, it doesn't have to be this way. The ultimate goal, after all, is not a good death, but a good life - all the way to the very end.

Published in partnership with the Wellcome Collection, a free visitor destination that explores the connections between medicine, life and art.

Atul Gawande will delivered 2014 BBC Radio 4 Reith Lectures on the subject of The Future of Medicine. Being Mortal was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize 2014.

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An impassioned, broad-ranging and deeply personal exploration Guardian
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Atul Gawande ist Facharzt für Chirurgie an einer Klinik in Boston. Als Wissenschaftsredakteur veröffentlicht er regelmäßig Beiträge in 'The New Yorker'. Vor seiner medizinischen Ausbildung an der Harvard Medical School studierte der Sohn zweier Ärzte Philosophie und Ethik. Gawande lebt mit seiner Frau und drei Kindern in Newton, Massachusetts.
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 304
Erscheinungsdatum 01.07.2015
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-84668-582-8
Verlag Profile Books
Maße (L/B/H) 198/131/23 mm
Gewicht 247
Verkaufsrang 15.264
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