Our 1st book selection is “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande. Our reading group is registered as a book club at Left Bank Books in CWE. For the 30 days before the date of our meeting you will receive a 20% discount on our selected book. We are called WU Kid Docs Book Club in their book club section. Faculty responsible for their meal and drinks.
Register to attend the book club meeting at Basso. We will make restaurant reservations.
About the book:
Named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, The New York Times Book Review, NPR, and Chicago Tribune. 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.