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Atul Gawande is a surgical resident in Boston and staff writer on medicine and science for The New Yorker. A former Rhodes scholar, he received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He lives with his wife and three children in Newton, Massachusetts. (Publisher Fact Sheets) Atul Gawande is a surgeon mostrar mais at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, a staff writer for The New Yorker, and a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. He is also the Executive Director of Ariadne Labs and chairman of Lifebox, a nonprofit organization making surgery safer globally. He has written several books including Complications, Better, The Checklist Manifesto, and Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. He has won the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science and two National Magazine Awards. He will be appearing at the 2015 Auckland Writers Festival in New Zealand. He won the prize for Adult Non-fiction in the Indies Choice Book Awards 2015 with Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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The Best American Essays 2003 (2003) — Contribuidor — 307 exemplares
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The Best American Science Writing 2007 (2007) — Contribuidor — 236 exemplares
The Best American Essays 2002 (2002) — Contribuidor — 219 exemplares
The Best American Science Writing 2005 (2005) — Contribuidor — 190 exemplares
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Gawande, Atul
Data de nascimento
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Brooklyn, New York, USA
Locais de residência
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Athens, Ohio, USA
Newton, Massachusetts, USA
Stanford University
Harvard Medical School (M.D.)
Harvard School of Public Health (M.P.H.)
Oxford University (Balliol College, P.P.E.)
Federal bureaucrat
political advisor
Harvard University
Prémios e menções honrosas
MacArthur Fellowship (2006)
Rhodes Scholar
Newsweek Magazine's 20 Most Influential South Asians
Tina Bennett

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Atul Gawande was born in Brooklyn. He obtained his undergraduate degree at Stanford University. As a Rhodes Scholar, he spent a year at Oxford University. After two years at Harvard Medical School he left to become Bill Clinton's health care lieutenant during the 1992 campaign, and became a senior adviser in the Department of Health and Human Services after President Clinton's inauguration. He returned to medical school and earned his M.D in 1994, as well as an M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health. He practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and is director of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation. He is Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health and Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is also a staff writer on medicine and science for the New Yorker.



This book really changed the way I look at aging, mortality, and what it means to live a life that's truly meaningful. I believe everyone should read this, no matter your age or stage in life.

The book begins by exploring how we, as a society, often fail to address the needs and desires of the elderly and the terminally ill. Instead of focusing on their quality of life, our medical system tends to prioritize extending life at any cost, even if it means giving up the very things that make life worth living. Gawande is an incredibly skilled storyteller. He weaves together anecdotes from his own experiences as a surgeon with broader historical and societal context. The result is a compelling and accessible narrative that had me hooked from the very first page.

One part that really resonated with me was Gawande's discussion of how society has shifted from venerating elders to venerating the independent self. He writes, "The veneration of elders may be gone, but not because it has been replaced by veneration of youth. It's been replaced by veneration of the independent self." This observation made me recognize that the value we place on independence can sometimes come at the expense of respecting and honoring the wisdom and experiences of our elders.

Gawande also writes beautifully about how people don't view their lives as merely the average of all its moments. He says, "For human beings, life is meaningful because it is a story. A story has a sense of a whole, and its arc is determined by the significant moments, the ones where something happens." This quote had a deep impact on my perspective of my own life. It serves as a lovely reminder to focus on the moments that matter most and to embrace the narrative of our lives.

In conclusion, "Being Mortal" is a thought-provoking, compassionate, and deeply personal exploration of aging, mortality, and what it means to live a meaningful life. I can't recommend this book highly enough. It's a must-read that will leave you with valuable insights and a fresh perspective on life.
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Elizabeth_Cooper | 271 outras críticas | Oct 27, 2023 |
sobering look at growing old... painlessly, independently, gracefully. Considers different kinds of assisted care, from "retirement centers" to "assisted living" to "nursing homes." Considers aggressive medical care vs palliative care and relative risks of both strategies. Considers patients (what to ask, when to advocate...) and doctors (how to listen, not just talk; how to ask questions --what do you, the patient, want?-- not just list choices. Author also considers the short-comings in current gerontology and cancer treatment. Important and eye-opening.… (mais)
mjspear | 271 outras críticas | Oct 14, 2023 |
A powerful, difficult, and necessary book exploring how to make informed choices on a topic we normally actively avoid thinking about, the end of our lives.

Almost no one says they want their end to be in a hospital room, surrounded by strangers and in great suffering or a medicated haze, or both. But all too often this is what happens. The reason, according to this author, is modern medicine’s inability to grapple with larger questions of patient well-being. Doctors are very good at tackling specific medical problems, but when it comes to things like aging or the final stages of life there is ultimately no “fix” or “cure”. So doctors often fall back on what they know, treatment, medication or surgery, anything that may prolong life, even though these steps sometimes end up reducing the quality or even duration of a patient’s life.
The author advocates for a new approach to these and other issues, one that involves asking tough questions, having difficult conversations, and ultimately giving autonomy back to people at their end of life. The answer this author presents is certainly not “giving up” by any means, but an approach that prioritizes what people value most with the time they have left and defers to their sincere wishes.

This book was full of great information, remarkable insights, and of course while it dealt with challenging topics, maintained a hopeful and optimistic tone throughout.
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Autolycus21 | 271 outras críticas | Oct 10, 2023 |
Really put a lot of things in perspective
emmby | 271 outras críticas | Oct 4, 2023 |



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