Being Mortal : Medicine And What Matters

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Atul Gawande’s book Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End presses on an extremely difficult subject: death. Gawande talks about the need to confront death and not ignore it by taking steps in having a meaningful and satisfying end. Readers say that Gawande does demand a lot from people and the book is eye opening but it does not have a guide to having a better end in life. I agree that Gawande is demanding a lot but people still to listen to him but I think Gawande does give a guide to having a more satisfying end to life though not simply. In Sovanne Koven’s review of Being Mortal she says, “Gawande offers no manifesto, no checklist, for a better end of life.” I disagree. Gawande’s whole book is a guide to death and how to lead up to it. Gawande is vague but he explains how to be more satisfied with your own end. A major part of Gawande’s book is when he tells the stories of different people. These dying people whom each have different cultures and experiences, tell a very similar story. Those of which whom are forced into a retirement home are just the opposite. One such case being Alice who went into a home because her son convinced her to. Alice’s attitude changed and she was not as happy as she once was. Alice was restricted to what she could eat, when she could leave, what she could do. It was a prison. But those who are able to live the last few years of their lives in their own homes, with their own things, in familiar surroundings tend to have a much
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