Review: Being Mortal
I’m sure most people have heard of Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande. It’s a nonfiction exploration of medicine and mortality. Yes, we’ve managed to prolong lives, but at what cost? Dr. Gawande is a practicing surgeon who writes with heart and compassion and this book is outstanding.
I read Being Mortal last month and marked many passages and talked about it constantly while I was reading it. I discovered that talking about death and dying made people uncomfortable even as I realized it’s a topic that needs to be discussed more openly. Reading this book also made me realize we’ve come to expect too much from medicine and there are times when it might be wiser to forgo treatment.
Not a day has gone by that I haven’t thought about some part of this book. I’ve stared at a time or two and wondered how I could possibly do it justice and have come to accept I can’t. That’s okay, though, because I can tell you that this is one of the most useful, thought provoking books I’ve ever read. It’s a book every adult needs to read. I’ve become very picky about the books I keep these days and will be adding Being Mortal to my permanent shelves. If you haven’t read this book yet, I urge you to do so.