In Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, surgeon and New Yorker staff writer Atul Gawande confronts head-on an inconvenient truth: we are all going to die, and even modern medicine can’t change that, at least not yet. Gawande takes a hard and honest look at the end-of-life experience and the ways in which suffering is often prolonged. He offers examples of alternative ways of aging and dying, including the story of his own father’s death, that emphasize quality of life. Being Mortal is widely considered to be Gawande’s best book, as well as his most personal. Join Atul Gawande as he talks about Being Mortal with Meghna Chakrabarti, co-host of WBUR’s acclaimed Radio Boston. Sponsored by the Plymouth Rock Foundation.
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