Review: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
New Statesman, 23 October 2014

‘Towards the end of Being Mortal, the author describes the satisfaction of helping one of his patients to a good death rather than inflicting what doctors call “aggressive” treatment, with only a small chance of significantly prolonging the patient’s life. Most surgeons, as they get older, learn that knowing when not to operate is just as important as knowing how to operate, and is a more difficult skill to acquire.’

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