Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

Atul Gawande

Atul Gawande has grown his audience with his smart, spot-on pieces in the New Yorker, and his excellent books are proving no less popular or worthwhile. Gawande, a concise and measured writer as well as a working surgeon and professor, discusses the miracles of modern medicine and how the American medical system can drastically err in the context of end-of-life care, death, and the process of dying. Some have called this book a “game-changer” and “required reading for every American.”