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Summary of Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

Narrated by: Leanne Thompson
Length: 31 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)
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Summary

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End was written by a doctor to help us understand what it means to be mortal. He walks us through the choices that cancer patients and the elderly have to face. 

You will learn the true purpose and meaning behind the nursing homes. Hospice is defined, and you will be shown how important of a role it plays.

This is a book that is meant to enlighten and empower. 

Inside this companion, you will find: 

  • A background of the author 
  • A chapter by chapter summary 
  • A guide to making an end of life choices 
  • And a new way to look at living
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Excellent book.

The good news is that some people are doing what they can to improve the well-being of elders nearing the end of their lives. He demonstrates the beauty of hospice care in the home. He tells a great story of a doctor who convinced a nursing home to bring in two dogs, four cats and one hundred birds! It was a risky proposal, but the rewards were phenomenal. It made the place, and the people, come alive. I am aware, though, that these movements rely on individuals, and only if enough people have a vision for change will it come about.

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Easily understand.

he underlying message to me was that I need to understand the wishes of my parents, help then have the best quality of life in the time that they have, however long it may be. It identified a series of questions to ask to start conversations. I also learned that by understanding a person's wishes, you not only make better decisions, but you can make decisions without guilt.... now that's a gift!

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Enjoy this book.

This book was recommended by my former boss knowing that I would become the primary care taker for my folks when I retired. It was a great listen even if the subject is one most of us don't want to discuss. It affirmed many of my beliefs but it was good to hear it from a doctor who went through the same issues we all face at some point of our lives.

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Great Listen. Very worthwhile listening.

I might benefit from listening it. I believe that I gained a better understanding of how to face death and perhaps some useful ways of helping others. What ones goals are, even as total control of our bodies slips away is critical to achieving a quality of life. Very worthwhile listening.

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terrible narration and illiterate analysis. bad.

terrible. read as if a computer had analysed it, unintelligible and very poor. do not pay to listen to this.

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Like this whole data.

I am a nurse, and it was very refreshing to see a Surgeon who was willing to learn and put new principles into practice. Thank you for a terrific listen. We had it as a Book Club book, and we all enjoyed it and learned from it.

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  • Lilia White
  • 18-07-18

Extraordinary book.

This book would be particularly useful for young physicians or those interested in medicine. The book will give you a better perspective of the other side of medicine. The side of medicine is where patients don’t get better; where you may no longer be able to help despite the knowledge, skills and experience.

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  • R. Williams
  • 18-07-18

Nice!

Instead of acknowledging this unavoidable truth and living life to its fullest right up until the very end, we've developed a culture and health care system that prolongs life as much as possible, without sufficient consideration as to what it is that makes us human and having a life worth living.

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  • Samuel Gardiner
  • 19-07-18

Wonderful summarized.

Gawande does such an excellent job of breaking down the current state of elder care in our society and in medicine, both its successes and shortcomings. For medical professionals in any specialty, I think this book has a lot of wisdom on how we can better serve our older patients.

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  • Lepart
  • 19-07-18

I like this.

I think this is a great book to read as you have parents or close family that are entering the parts of their lives where they are steadily losing their independence. I think Atul provides you with several "new age" philosophies and considerations when it comes to end-of-life care. You leave the book with a good sense of what is meaningful.

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  • Hughes
  • 18-07-18

Keeping them safe and alive.

I am work in healthcare in a nursing home and see end of life scenarios almost daily. I can empathize with those that have their freedoms slowly stripped from them while keeping them safe and alive.

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  • Riley Swift
  • 19-07-18

This is a great listen.

This is a superbly written book that takes a scientific yet compassionate look at how we treat death in this modern age of so-called medical miracles.

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  • Harry
  • 19-07-18

Ultimately the book describes different situations

Ultimately the book describes different situations, concerns, facilities and helps you learn about options in an entertaining and easy manner.

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  • Olivia
  • 18-07-18

Easy to follow.

This book about nursing home evolution are inspiring, and make me hopeful that we really may be finding good models for assisted living for our chronically ailing elders. I love getting a sense of excitement that even in the degrading act of becoming older and weaker, we may be finding ways to use our ingenuity and creativity to fashion systems that ar actually kind of fun and energizing for many who are starting to feel their lives are becoming “useless.”

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  • Eloise
  • 18-07-18

I recommend this book.

Atul has a way of writing that makes every sentence powerful, concise, and inspiring. I often wish to have a way with words as he does. I recommend this book to anybody, as it is a true reminder of our reality in life and what makes it worth living.

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  • Linda
  • 18-07-18

Most Practical.

I am often disappointed by the reality of our healthcare and the lack of its understanding of each patient's life. This book will surely accompany me all through medical school and continue to inspire me beyond it. I've listen two books since finishing it and I still think about Being Mortal.

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