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The Diesel Readers discuss BEING MORTAL, by Atul Gawande

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Monday, February 5th

7:00pm

East Bay Booksellers welcomes you to The Diesel Readers Book Group discussion of Being Mortalby Atul Gawande.

Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, injury, and disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should.

Through eye-opening research and gripping stories of his own patients and family, Gawande reveals the suffering this dynamic has produced. Nursing homes, devoted above all to safety, battle with residents over the food they are allowed to eat and the choices they are allowed to make. Doctors, uncomfortable discussing patients' anxieties about death, fall back on false hopes and treatments that are actually shortening lives instead of improving them.

In his bestselling books, Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon, has fearlessly revealed the struggles of his profession. Now he examines its ultimate limitations and failures-in his own practices as well as others'-as life draws to a close. Riveting, honest, and humane, Being Mortal shows how the ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life-all the way to the very end.

** The Diesel Readers are an ongoing group, and is open to all. **

 

Event date: 
Monday, February 5, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
East Bay Booksellers
5433 College Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250076229
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - September 5th, 2017