BEING MORTAL examines how the medical field handles the inevitable end of life for patients, but more importantly, how it can be improved. Using brilliant research and illuminating anecdoatal evidence, Gawande shows how the current aims of medicine can often run counter to what patients truly want from their end of life care, such as surgical procedures that lengthen a patient's life at the cost of losing quality of life for his or her last days. In short, he argues that the medical community should be concerned not only with giving patients a good life, but also a good end.
THIS COPY (shown below) is signed by Atul Gawande on a bookplate exclusive to the Alabama Booksmith. It is a new, unread copy, opened only for the bookplate. Published in October, 2014 by Metropolitan Books, an imprint of Macmillan.
ATUL GAWANDE is a best-selling author, New Yorker columnist, Harvard professor, and surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He also founded Lifebox, a global not-for-profit implementing systems and technologies to reduce surgical deaths globally, and is director of Ariadne Labs, which is a joint center for health system innovation. A short smattering of his numerous accolades include a MacArthur Fellowship, two National Magazine awards, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Thank you Atul Gawande for signing our books.