Being Mortal

Being Mortal
Author: Atul Gawande
Publsiher: Metropolitan Books
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2014-10-07
ISBN 10: 1627790551
ISBN 13: 9781627790550
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Being Mortal Book Review:

#1 New York Times Bestseller In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering. Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person's last weeks or months may be rich and dignified. Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.

Being Mortal

Being Mortal
Author: Abookaday
Publsiher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Total Pages: 44
Release: 2016-07-29
ISBN 10: 9781535281218
ISBN 13: 1535281219
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Being Mortal Book Review:

This review of Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande provides a chapter by chapter detailed summary followed by an analysis and critique of the strengths and weaknesses of this book. Gawande draws on clinical studies, case histories and stories from his own experiences as a doctor and a son to illuminate the subject of mortality relative to modern medical systems. His treatment of the subject covers a broad range of institutions and individuals that shape the lives of the aged and terminally ill. The central thesis of the book is that the experience of the end of life has been problematized and addressed by medical models that place extending life over quality of life and institutional frameworks that place safety and efficiency over the ability for people to have autonomy over the last part of their lives. Gawande is a surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a professor at the Harvard Medical School. He is a writer at The New Yorker magazine and author of three New York Times bestselling books. Download your copy today! Available on PC, Mac, smart phone, tablet or Kindle device. (c) 2015 All Rights Reserved

Summary Analysis of Being Mortal

Summary   Analysis of Being Mortal
Author: ZIP Reads
Publsiher: ZIP Reads
Total Pages: 135
Release: 101-01-01
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: 9182736450XXX
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Summary Analysis of Being Mortal Book Review:

Author and physician Atul Gawande analyzes the diverse and problematic landscape of end-of-life care. By providing examples of the good and bad, Gawande shows that we as a society can do much better for the elderly and dying. What does this ZIP Reads Summary Include? Synopsis of the original bookA detailed look at our current "medical approach" to deathAn argument for a more palliative approach to death and dyingAn in-depth editorial reviewBackground on the authorAbout the Original Book: Gawande’s book is a measured, insightful criticism of the medical model of end-of-life care. He convincingly shows that a palliative model of care not only improves the quality of our last days, but it even seems to prolong life better than its counterpart. Anyone interested in end-of-life issues, ethics, gerontology, or medicine will enjoy this book, but Gawande’s anecdotal style makes this an appealing, approachable read for just about anyone. DISCLAIMER: This book is intended as a companion to, not a replacement for, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. ZIP Reads is wholly responsible for this content and is not associated with the original author in any way.

Complications

Complications
Author: Atul Gawande
Publsiher: Metropolitan Books
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2003-04-01
ISBN 10: 1429972106
ISBN 13: 9781429972109
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Complications Book Review:

A brilliant and courageous doctor reveals, in gripping accounts of true cases, the power and limits of modern medicine. Sometimes in medicine the only way to know what is truly going on in a patient is to operate, to look inside with one's own eyes. This book is exploratory surgery on medicine itself, laying bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is -- complicated, perplexing, and profoundly human. Atul Gawande offers an unflinching view from the scalpel's edge, where science is ambiguous, information is limited, the stakes are high, yet decisions must be made. In dramatic and revealing stories of patients and doctors, he explores how deadly mistakes occur and why good surgeons go bad. He also shows us what happens when medicine comes up against the inexplicable: an architect with incapacitating back pain for which there is no physical cause; a young woman with nausea that won't go away; a television newscaster whose blushing is so severe that she cannot do her job. Gawande offers a richly detailed portrait of the people and the science, even as he tackles the paradoxes and imperfections inherent in caring for human lives. At once tough-minded and humane, Complications is a new kind of medical writing, nuanced and lucid, unafraid to confront the conflicts and uncertainties that lie at the heart of modern medicine, yet always alive to the possibilities of wisdom in this extraordinary endeavor. Complications is a 2002 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction.

The Checklist Manifesto

The Checklist Manifesto
Author: Atul Gawande
Publsiher: Metropolitan Books
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2010-04-01
ISBN 10: 1429953381
ISBN 13: 9781429953382
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Checklist Manifesto Book Review:

The New York Times bestselling author of Being Mortal and Complications reveals the surprising power of the ordinary checklist We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies—neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist. First introduced decades ago by the U.S. Air Force, checklists have enabled pilots to fly aircraft of mind-boggling sophistication. Now innovative checklists are being adopted in hospitals around the world, helping doctors and nurses respond to everything from flu epidemics to avalanches. Even in the immensely complex world of surgery, a simple ninety-second variant has cut the rate of fatalities by more than a third. In riveting stories, Gawande takes us from Austria, where an emergency checklist saved a drowning victim who had spent half an hour underwater, to Michigan, where a cleanliness checklist in intensive care units virtually eliminated a type of deadly hospital infection. He explains how checklists actually work to prompt striking and immediate improvements. And he follows the checklist revolution into fields well beyond medicine, from disaster response to investment banking, skyscraper construction, and businesses of all kinds. An intellectual adventure in which lives are lost and saved and one simple idea makes a tremendous difference, The Checklist Manifesto is essential reading for anyone working to get things right.

Better

Better
Author: Atul Gawande
Publsiher: Metropolitan Books
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2008-01-22
ISBN 10: 9781429927949
ISBN 13: 1429927941
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Better Book Review:

The New York Times bestselling author of Complications examines, in riveting accounts of medical failure and triumph, how success is achieved in a complex and risk-filled profession The struggle to perform well is universal: each one of us faces fatigue, limited resources, and imperfect abilities in whatever we do. But nowhere is this drive to do better more important than in medicine, where lives are on the line with every decision. In his new book, Atul Gawande explores how doctors strive to close the gap between best intentions and best performance in the face of obstacles that sometimes seem insurmountable. Gawande's gripping stories of diligence, ingenuity, and what it means to do right by people take us to battlefield surgical tents in Iraq, to labor and delivery rooms in Boston, to a polio outbreak in India, and to malpractice courtrooms around the country. He discusses the ethical dilemmas of doctors' participation in lethal injections, examines the influence of money on modern medicine, and recounts the astoundingly contentious history of hand washing. And as in all his writing, Gawande gives us an inside look at his own life as a practicing surgeon, offering a searingly honest firsthand account of work in a field where mistakes are both unavoidable and unthinkable. At once unflinching and compassionate, Better is an exhilarating journey narrated by "arguably the best nonfiction doctor-writer around" (Salon). Gawande's investigation into medical professionals and how they progress from merely good to great provides rare insight into the elements of success, illuminating every area of human endeavor.

A Heavy Reckoning

A Heavy Reckoning
Author: Emily Mayhew
Publsiher: Profile Books
Total Pages: 212
Release: 2017-05-25
ISBN 10: 178283222X
ISBN 13: 9781782832225
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Heavy Reckoning Book Review:

What happens when you reach the threshold of life and death - and come back? As long as humans have lived on the planet, there have been wars, and injured soldiers and civilians. But today, as we engage in wars with increasingly sophisticated technology, we are able to bring people back from ever closer encounters with death. Historian Emily Mayhew explores the reality of medicine and injury in wartime, from the trenches of World War One to the plains of Afghanistan and the rehabilitation wards of Headley Court in Surrey. Mixing vivid and compelling stories of unexpected survival with astonishing insights from the front line of medicine, A Heavy Reckoning is a book about how far we have come in saving, healing and restoring the human body. From the plastic surgeon battling to restore function to a blasted hand to the double amputee learning to walk again on prosthetic legs, Mayhew gives us a new understanding of the limits of human life and the extraordinary costs paid physically and mentally by casualties all over the world.

Nurse on Board Planning Your Path to the Boardroom

Nurse on Board  Planning Your Path to the Boardroom
Author: Connie Curran
Publsiher: Sigma Theta Tau
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2015-09-22
ISBN 10: 1938835921
ISBN 13: 9781938835926
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Nurse on Board Planning Your Path to the Boardroom Book Review:

The nurse's voice is essential and critical to the governance of healthcare organizations. After all, nurses represent the largest professional group in healthcare, account for the greatest human resources expense, and—most importantly—are closest to patients and their families, physicians, and the community. But why do nurses hold only a small fraction of positions on healthcare boards? It’s time that NURSES get on boards! With years of board leadership to her credit, author Connie Curran expertly provides the tools you need to attain and succeed in your first board role—or advance into ever-greater board responsibilities. Nurse on Board skillfully guides readers by sharing: Best practices, data, and advice from seasoned board leaders Explanations of different types of boards, how they work, and the required skills and experiences How boards recruit new members and how you can best position yourself as a candidate How to develop, nurture, and leverage your personal and professional networks to ensure you are on the radar screen when board roles become available

The Philosophy of Loyalty

The Philosophy of Loyalty
Author: Josiah Royce
Publsiher: Vanderbilt University Press
Total Pages: 196
Release: 1995
ISBN 10: 9780826512673
ISBN 13: 0826512674
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Philosophy of Loyalty Book Review:

Regarded by many as the foremost American idealist, Royce (1855-1916) offers in this book a key to understanding his influence on the development of pragmatism. (Philosophy)

Blessings of Being Mortal

Blessings of Being Mortal
Author: Margo Drummond
Publsiher: North Star Publications
Total Pages: 166
Release: 2001-06
ISBN 10: 9781880823255
ISBN 13: 188082325X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Blessings of Being Mortal Book Review:

Reveals how to develop a mature understanding of death...allowing us to live wisely & well.

Physician Assisted Death

Physician Assisted Death
Author: Wayne Sumner
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2017-06-30
ISBN 10: 0190490209
ISBN 13: 9780190490201
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Physician Assisted Death Book Review:

The issue of physician-assisted death is now firmly on the American public agenda. Already legal in five states, it is the subject of intense public opinion battles across the country. Driven by an increasingly aging population, and a baby boom generation just starting to enter its senior years, the issue is not going to go away anytime soon. In Physician-Assisted Death, L.W. Sumner equips readers with everything they need to know to take a reasoned and informed position in this important debate. The book provides needed context for the debate by situating physician-assisted death within the wider framework of end-of-life care and explaining why the movement to legalize it now enjoys such strong public support. It also reviews that movement's successes to date, beginning in Oregon in 1994 and now extending to eleven jurisdictions across three continents. Like abortion, physician-assisted death is ethically controversial and the subject of passionately held opinions. The central chapters of the book review the main arguments utilized by both sides of the controversy: on the one hand, appeals to patient autonomy and the relief of suffering, on the other the claim that taking active steps to hasten death inevitably violates the sanctity of life. The book then explores both the case in favor of legalization and the case against, focusing in the latter instance on the risk of abuse and the possibility of slippery slopes. In this context the experience of jurisdictions that have already taken the step of legalization is carefully reviewed to see what lessons might be extracted from it. It then identifies some further issues that lie beyond the boundaries of the current debate but will have to be faced sometime down the road: euthanasia for patients who are permanently unconscious or have become seriously demented and for severely compromised newborns. The book concludes by considering the various possible routes to legalization, both political and judicial. Readers will then be prepared to decide for themselves just where they stand when they confront the issue both in their own jurisdiction and in their own lives.

Finishing Well to the Glory of God

Finishing Well to the Glory of God
Author: John Dunlop, MD
Publsiher: Crossway
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2011-02-04
ISBN 10: 1433524139
ISBN 13: 9781433524134
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Finishing Well to the Glory of God Book Review:

Most people want to finish life well, yet so few take the time necessary to carefully think through what that entails. Some say it means contentment, happiness, and freedom from pain. Many desire to simply maintain their dignity and enjoy their family and loved ones. These are reasonable goals; yet, there is a more profound, uniquely Christian approach to the end of life. John Dunlop, a medical doctor who has practiced for over thirty years and specializes in geriatrics, combines his medical expertise, firsthand experience with patients, and firm commitment to Scripture to propose nine strategies for finishing life well. He shows how with proper physical, emotional, and spiritual preparation, aging and death need not be a fight to the finish but a purposeful resting in the arms of the Savior. Theologically robust and practically relevant, this book will prove to be a sensitive and helpful resource for anyone facing end-of-life issues.

The House of God

The House of God
Author: Samuel Shem
Publsiher: Dell Publishing Company
Total Pages: 397
Release: 2003
ISBN 10: 0385337388
ISBN 13: 9780385337380
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The House of God Book Review:

Intern Roy Basch becomes disillusioned with the medical establishment when he sees his fellow interns fall for the illusions that destroy a doctor's ability to relate to and really care for his patients. Reprint.

The Myth of Sisyphus

The Myth of Sisyphus
Author: Albert Camus
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2013-10-31
ISBN 10: 0141914173
ISBN 13: 9780141914176
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Myth of Sisyphus Book Review:

In this profound and moving philosophical statement, Camus poses the fundamental question: Is life worth living? If human existence holds no significance, what can keep us from suicide? As Camus argues, if there is no God to give meaning to our lives, humans must take on that purpose themselves. This is our 'absurd' task, like Sisyphus forever rolling his rock up a hill, as the inevitability of death constantly overshadows us. Written during the bleakest days of the Second World War, The Myth of Sisyphus argues for an acceptance of reality that encompasses revolt, passion and, above all, liberty. This volume contains several other essays, including lyrical evocations of the sunlit cities of Algiers and Oran, the settings of his great novels The Outsider and The Plague. Albert Camus is the author of a number of best-selling and highly influential works, all of which are published by Penguin. They include The Fall, The Outsider and The First Man. He is remembered as one of the few writers to have shaped the intellectual climate of post-war France, but beyond that, his fame has been international. Translated by Justin O'Brien With an Introduction by James Wood

Extreme Measures

Extreme Measures
Author: Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter, M.D.
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2017-02-21
ISBN 10: 1101982578
ISBN 13: 9781101982570
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Extreme Measures Book Review:

For readers of Being Mortal and Modern Death, an ICU and Palliative Care specialist offers a framework for a better way to exit life that will change our medical culture at the deepest level In medical school, no one teaches you how to let a patient die. Jessica Zitter became a doctor because she wanted to be a hero. She elected to specialize in critical care—to become an ICU physician—and imagined herself swooping in to rescue patients from the brink of death. But then during her first code she found herself cracking the ribs of a patient so old and frail it was unimaginable he would ever come back to life. She began to question her choice. Extreme Measures charts Zitter’s journey from wanting to be one kind of hero to becoming another—a doctor who prioritizes the patient’s values and preferences in an environment where the default choice is the extreme use of technology. In our current medical culture, the old and the ill are put on what she terms the End-of-Life Conveyor belt. They are intubated, catheterized, and even shelved away in care facilities to suffer their final days alone, confused, and often in pain. In her work Zitter has learned what patients fear more than death itself: the prospect of dying badly. She builds bridges between patients and caregivers, formulates plans to allay patients’ pain and anxiety, and enlists the support of loved ones so that life can end well, even beautifully. Filled with rich patient stories that make a compelling medical narrative, Extreme Measures enlarges the national conversation as it thoughtfully and compassionately examines an experience that defines being human.

Mortal Gods

Mortal Gods
Author: Kendare Blake
Publsiher: Tor Teen
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2014-10-14
ISBN 10: 1466812222
ISBN 13: 9781466812222
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mortal Gods Book Review:

As ancient immortals are left reeling, a modern Athena and Hermes search the world for answers in Mortal Gods, the second Goddess War novel by Kendare Blake, acclaimed author of Anna Dressed in Blood. Ares, god of war, is leading the other dying gods into battle. Which is just fine with Athena. She's ready to wage a war of her own, and she's never liked him anyway. If Athena is lucky, the winning gods will have their immortality restored. If not, at least she'll have killed the bloody lot of them, and she and Hermes can die in peace. Cassandra Weaver is a weapon of fate. The girl who kills gods. But all she wants is for the god she loved and lost to return to life. If she can't have that, then the other gods will burn, starting with his murderer, Aphrodite. The alliance between Cassandra and Athena is fragile. Cassandra suspects Athena lacks the will to truly kill her own family. And Athena fears that Cassandra's hate will get them all killed. The war takes them across the globe, searching for lost gods, old enemies, and Achilles, the greatest warrior the world has ever seen. As the struggle escalates, Athena and Cassandra must find a way to work together. Because if they can't, fates far worse than death await. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Politics of Being Mortal

The Politics of Being Mortal
Author: Alfred G. Killilea
Publsiher: University Press of Kentucky
Total Pages: 184
Release: 2021-03-17
ISBN 10: 0813182018
ISBN 13: 9780813182018
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Politics of Being Mortal Book Review:

While much has been written in recent years on death and dying, there has been little treatment of how people cope with death in the absence of religious belief, and virtually no examination of the potential political repercussions of a wider acceptance of mortality in American society. Alfred Killilea's strikingly original book revolves around a central irony: though the subject of death has been largely shunned in American culture lest it rob life of meaning and contentment, confronting death may be crucial to enable us as individuals and as a society to affirm life, even to survive, in this nuclear age. Killilea argues that the denial of death has fostered a disavowal of limits in general, and that a greater awareness of our mortality would provide a much needed catalyst for change in our political response to narcissism and nuclearism. He traces how, from John Locke to the present, a politics and an economics based on growth for the sake of growth have required an avoidance of human vulnerability. Our confrontation with mortality, Killilea argues, would goad us to question our roles as mere acquirers and to take more seriously the need for equality and community in our society. In charting how we can come to terms with death and how profoundly our attitudes toward death affect our attitudes toward politics, Killilea vides lucid and authoritative commentaries on such provocative thinkers as Earnest Becker, Robert Jay Lifton, Michael Novak, Daniel Bell, Christopher Lasch, and Jonathan Schell. Scholars in many fields as well as interested lay readers will find the treatment of these issues and thinkers compelling. This easily accessible book is an urgent reminder that the most valuable spur to the examined life extolled by Socrates is the knowledge that we will die.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
Author: V. E. Schwab
Publsiher: Tor Books
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2020-10-06
ISBN 10: 0765387581
ISBN 13: 9780765387585
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue Book Review:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER USA TODAY BESTSELLER NATIONAL INDIE BESTSELLER THE WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLER Recommended by Entertainment Weekly, Real Simple, NPR, Slate, and Oprah Magazine #1 Library Reads Pick—October 2020 #1 Indie Next Pick—October 2020 BOOK OF THE YEAR (2020) FINALIST—Book of The Month Club A “Best Of” Book From: Oprah Mag * CNN * Amazon * Amazon Editors * NPR * Goodreads * Bustle * PopSugar * BuzzFeed * Barnes & Noble * Kirkus Reviews * Lambda Literary * Nerdette * The Nerd Daily * Polygon * Library Reads * io9 * Smart Bitches Trashy Books * LiteraryHub * Medium * BookBub * The Mary Sue * Chicago Tribune * NY Daily News * SyFy Wire * Powells.com * Bookish * Book Riot * Library Reads Voter Favorite * In the vein of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Life After Life, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab’s genre-defying tour de force. A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget. France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever—and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world. But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Being with Dying

Being with Dying
Author: Joan Halifax
Publsiher: Shambhala Publications
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2009-11-17
ISBN 10: 9780834821743
ISBN 13: 0834821745
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Being with Dying Book Review:

The Buddhist approach to death can be of great benefit to people of all backgrounds—as has been demonstrated time and again in Joan Halifax’s decades of work with the dying and their caregivers. Inspired by traditional Buddhist teachings, her work is a source of wisdom for all those who are charged with a dying person’s care, facing their own death, or wishing to explore and contemplate the transformative power of the dying process. Her teachings affirm that we can open and contact our inner strength, and that we can help others who are suffering to do the same.

Where Does it Hurt

Where Does it Hurt
Author: Max Pemberton
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 300
Release: 2009-08-20
ISBN 10: 1848945299
ISBN 13: 9781848945296
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Where Does it Hurt Book Review:

'Treats a grim subject with warmth and self-deprecating good humour ... equally enlightening sequel' Daily Mail The sequel to the bestselling Trust Me, I'm a (Junior) Doctor. The junior doctor is back, but working on the streets for the Phoenix Outreach Project. Unfortunately, his first year in a hospital hasn't quite prepared him for it ... He's into his second year of medicine, but this time Max is out of the wards and onto the streets, working for the Phoenix Outreach Project. Fuelled by tea and more enthusiasm than experience, he attempts to locate and treat a wide and colourful range of patients that somehow his first year on the wards didn't prepare him for . . . from Molly the 80-year-old drugs mule and God in a Tesco car park, to middle-class mums addicted to appearances and pain killers in equal measure. His friends don't approve of the turn his career is taking, his mother is worried and the public spit at him, but Max is determined to make a difference. Despite warnings that miracles are rare, and that not everyone's life can be turned around, Max is still surprised by those that can be saved. Funny, touching and uplifting, Max goes from innocence to experience via dustbin-shopping-trips without ever losing his humanity.