Being Mortal

Being Mortal
Author : Atul Gawande
Publisher : Metropolitan Books
Total Pages : 304
Release : 2014-10-07
ISBN 10 : 9781627790550
ISBN 13 : 1627790551
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Being Mortal Book Description:

#1 New York Times Bestseller In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering. Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person's last weeks or months may be rich and dignified. Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.

Summary of Being Mortal

Summary of Being Mortal
Author : Alexander Cooper
Publisher : BookSummaryGr
Total Pages :
Release : 2021-08-13
ISBN 10 : 9791220874458
ISBN 13 :
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Summary of Being Mortal Book Description:

Summary of Being Mortal Gawande starts by explaining that doctors in general are never trained to tend to the emotional needs of the patient. The only things that he learned was to identify, diagnose, treat and cure diseases that plagued modern medicine. He was trained to understand the complex science behind the human body, not the mind. He did not realize just how relevant emotions are in real life until he started practicing medicine and treating the dying. There is one case in particular that has a lasting impact on Gawande and changed his world forever. During his stay as a junior surgical resident, Gawande treated a patient by the name of Joseph Lazaroff for cancer. Science had not yet found a cure for his condition, so, not surprisingly, radiation treatment failed. There was only one last option left, and it was to perform surgery on Mr. Lazaroff. While surgery was the only real option left, the doctors were aware there was slim chance of success. In the best case scenario, the surgery would be able to extend his life for a few months, a life confined to a hospital bed. While surgery was an option, it was very high risk. There was a good chance that Mr. Lazaroff would not survive the surgery and on top of that, post-surgery complications were severe. The doctors presented the options to Mr. Lazaroff, and he chose the surgery thinking that it was his best solution. The surgery was performed and two weeks later, Mr. Lazaroff passed away due to complications from the surgery. Looking back at this story, Gawande expresses that there was a failure of the doctors to fully comprehend the reality of Mr. Lazaroff’s situation, as well as their own abilities. According to Gawande, the surgery was destined to fail before it even began. The doctors chose not to fully confront this reality of a failure, and hoped blindly for a miracle. The doctors were not able to fully communicate their concerns with the surgery to the patient. Gawande states that the real problem was not the doctors involved, the real problem lay with the professional medical institutions that granted their licenses. They were never taught to provide emotional support for a dying patient. They were never even taught to face the reality of a dying person. Gawande states that doctors are not to blame for cases like this, instead the modern medical system of schooling is. Medical schools do not prepare graduates with the training necessary for the realities of a patient’s death. Gawande’s book is an examination of how an honest and conscious look at the realities and experiences of the dying can serve to benefit them. Sometimes there is no treatment, remedy, or surgery that can save a life. It is during these times that modern medicine has no answer, and continues put lives in a greater risk than necessary, when they need to face reality and provide the best possible solution. Here is a Preview of What You Will Get: ⁃ A Full Book Summary ⁃ An Analysis ⁃ Fun quizzes ⁃ Quiz Answers ⁃ Etc Get a copy of this summary and learn about the book.

The Politics of Being Mortal

The Politics of Being Mortal
Author : Alfred G. Killilea
Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
Total Pages : 184
Release : 2021-09-15
ISBN 10 : 9780813182018
ISBN 13 : 0813182018
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Politics of Being Mortal Book Description:

While much has been written in recent years on death and dying, there has been little treatment of how people cope with death in the absence of religious belief, and virtually no examination of the potential political repercussions of a wider acceptance of mortality in American society. Alfred Killilea's strikingly original book revolves around a central irony: though the subject of death has been largely shunned in American culture lest it rob life of meaning and contentment, confronting death may be crucial to enable us as individuals and as a society to affirm life, even to survive, in this nuclear age. Killilea argues that the denial of death has fostered a disavowal of limits in general, and that a greater awareness of our mortality would provide a much needed catalyst for change in our political response to narcissism and nuclearism. He traces how, from John Locke to the present, a politics and an economics based on growth for the sake of growth have required an avoidance of human vulnerability. Our confrontation with mortality, Killilea argues, would goad us to question our roles as mere acquirers and to take more seriously the need for equality and community in our society. In charting how we can come to terms with death and how profoundly our attitudes toward death affect our attitudes toward politics, Killilea vides lucid and authoritative commentaries on such provocative thinkers as Earnest Becker, Robert Jay Lifton, Michael Novak, Daniel Bell, Christopher Lasch, and Jonathan Schell. Scholars in many fields as well as interested lay readers will find the treatment of these issues and thinkers compelling. This easily accessible book is an urgent reminder that the most valuable spur to the examined life extolled by Socrates is the knowledge that we will die.

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande A 15 minute Key Takeaways Analysis

Being Mortal  by Atul Gawande   A 15 minute Key Takeaways   Analysis
Author : Instaread
Publisher : Instaread Summaries
Total Pages : 40
Release : 2014-11-07
ISBN 10 :
ISBN 13 :
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande A 15 minute Key Takeaways Analysis Book Description:

Being Mortal: by Atul Gawande | A 15-minute Key Takeaways & Analysis Preview: Being Mortal, written by Atul Gawande, brings to light an array of concepts involving death, mortality, aging, and terminal illness. Gawande includes extensive research and chronicles the stories of his patients, other doctors’ patients, and his own family members. The resulting book informs readers about many circumstances and scenarios that can help people find the best route through their or their family members’ final days, months, or years… Key Takeaways 1. Nursing homes were not created to assist the elderly with their dependency on others or provide a better option than poorhouses. They were created to clear out hospital beds. 2. Assisted living arose from the need for an alternative to nursing homes that could give patients more independence and control over their lives. 3. At the end of their lives, most people want more than to merely survive, which is where medical institutions, nursing homes, and assisted living can fall flat. 4. People need to ask themselves what would make life worth living when they are ill, old, frail, or dependent on others for daily care. PLEASE NOTE: This is key takeaways and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Inside this Instaread of Being Mortal: • Key Takeaways of the book • Introduction to the important people in the book • Analysis of the Key Takeaways

Mortal Thoughts

Mortal Thoughts
Author : Brian Cummings
Publisher : OUP Oxford
Total Pages : 384
Release : 2013-08-22
ISBN 10 : 9780191665394
ISBN 13 : 0191665398
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mortal Thoughts Book Description:

Since the nineteenth century it has been assumed that the concept of personal identity in the early modern period is bound up with secularization. Indeed, many explanations of the emergence of modernity have been based on this thesis, in which Shakespeare as a secular author has played a central role. However, the idea of secularization is now everywhere under threat. The secularity of modern society is less apparent than it was a generation ago. Shakespeare, too, has come to be seen in a religious perspective. What happens to human identity in this different framework? Mortal Thoughts asks what selfhood looks like if we do not assume that an idea of the self could only come into being as a result of an emptying out of a religious framework. It does so by examining human mortality. What it is to be human, and how a life is framed by its ending, are issues that cross religious confessions in early modernity, and interrogate the sacred and secular divide. A series of chapters examines literature and art in relation to concepts such as conscience, martyrdom, soliloquy, luck, suicide, and embodiment. Religious and philosophical creativity are revealed as poised around anxieties about finitude and contingency, challenging conventional divisions between kinds of literary and artistic endeavour. Mortal Thoughts considers incipient genres of life writing (More, Foxe, and Montaigne) and life drawing (Dürer, Hans Baldung Grien) in relation to dramatic representation and literary narration (Shakespeare, Donne, Milton). In the process it asks whether the problem of human identity rewrites historical boundaries.

Mortal Heart

Mortal Heart
Author : Robin LaFevers
Publisher : Andersen Press Limited
Total Pages : 576
Release : 2014-11-06
ISBN 10 : 9781448187751
ISBN 13 : 1448187753
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mortal Heart Book Description:

Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own. She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn't mean she has. Perfect for fans of A Court of Thorns and Roses, Red Queen, and The Cruel Prince.

Mortal Dilemmas

Mortal Dilemmas
Author : Donald Joralemon
Publisher : Routledge
Total Pages : 149
Release : 2016-06-16
ISBN 10 : 9781315424354
ISBN 13 : 1315424355
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mortal Dilemmas Book Description:

Anthropologist Donald Joralemon asks whether America is really, as many scholars claim, a death-denying culture that prefers to quarantine the sick in hospitals and the elderly in nursing homes. His answer is a reasoned “no.” In his view, Americans are merely struggling to find cultural scripts for the exceptional conditions of dying that our social world and medical technologies have thrust upon us. The book: is written in the first-person for a broad audience by a senior anthropologist, making it an authoritative yet accessible textbook for courses on death and dying and American culture; includes contemporary debates about highly visible cases, the definition of death, the status of human remains, aging, and the medicalization of grief; demonstrates persuasively that arguments over death and dying are in fact arguments about what it means to be human in modern America.

Happiness and Well Being

Happiness and Well Being
Author : Rajendra M. Chakrabarti
Publisher : Notion Press
Total Pages : 362
Release : 2019-01-03
ISBN 10 : 9781684660445
ISBN 13 : 1684660440
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Happiness and Well Being Book Description:

The book seeks to answer the following main questions: What is meant by happiness? What are the sources of happiness? What is meant by the well-being of man? What is the end in human life? When can we say that a man is successful in life? How can he be happy and successful? It is argued that happiness is not pleasure; it does not come through high income and consumption; beyond certain levels income and consumption cause dissatisfaction, unhappiness and alienation. The book upholds the Aristotelian view that happiness means living well – living a life of excellence. It discusses how moral judgment and habituation help the development of good life. It analyses paths of spiritual liberation, the highest state of human happiness. It also argues for a liberal state where people enjoy different negative and positive freedoms making possible flourishing of human diversities

The Four Cardinal Laws Or Compass of Eternal and Infinite Being as Set Forth in Chapters IV V VI and VII of the Analogies of Being To which is Appended the Sectional Analysis of the Contents of the Sixteen Chapters Composing that Work

The Four Cardinal Laws  Or Compass  of Eternal and Infinite Being  as Set Forth in Chapters IV   V   VI  and VII  of the    Analogies of Being     To which is Appended the Sectional Analysis of the Contents of the Sixteen Chapters Composing that Work
Author : Joseph WOOD (of Ealing.)
Publisher :
Total Pages : 81
Release : 1867
ISBN 10 : BL:A0018101573
ISBN 13 :
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Four Cardinal Laws Or Compass of Eternal and Infinite Being as Set Forth in Chapters IV V VI and VII of the Analogies of Being To which is Appended the Sectional Analysis of the Contents of the Sixteen Chapters Composing that Work Book Description: