A thought provoking article by Torrey Ah-Tye about one of my personal heroes, Atul Gawande’s new book “Being Mortal, and what really matters in the end”. Have you read it? I need to get my hands on a copy…
The ever affable author, doctor, and notable writer of “The Cost Conundrum,” article in the New Yorker back in 2009 (available here), instigating a movement posing serious questions and critiques of the U.S. healthcare system, has now endorsed Pain Control and Palliative Care.
Topically related to his new book, Being Mortal, and what really matters in the end, in honor of World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, which takes place tomorrow, on October 11, he released the following statement:
“Dying and death confront every new doctor and nurse. The first times, some cry. Some shut down. Some hardly notice. When I saw my first deaths, I was too guarded to weep. But I had recurring nightmares in which I’d find my patients’ corpses in my house—even in my bed.
I felt as if I’d failed. But death, of course, is not a failure. Death is normal. Death…
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I picked up a copy on my travels (30% at Powell’s!) and I can send it to you once I’ve read it.
Oh that would be great! Tho I could pull my finger out and buy my own, LOL. I am currently reading the Hot Zone about Ebola while suffering from a common cold (this aspect is not helping)
Thanks much Sonia! Very provocative book that brings attention to much needed area!