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 Posted: Tue Jan 26th, 2021 03:45 am
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"Being Mortal" by Atul Gawande

Gawande is a surgeon and a New York Times best-selling author who also writes articles for The New Yorker. In this book, Gawande discusses end of life issues that many people avoid such as assisted living / nursing homes, terminal illness, hospice, assisted suicide, and end of life treatment goals. While this all probably sounds pretty morbid to most people, Gawande does a great job with making the topics interesting and provides patient stories to illustrate the points.

A family friend (late 40s) recently had a stroke and is now seemingly "circling the drain" as his physical and mental health rapidly deteriorate. Since he is not of sound mind, he is unable to make his own healthcare decisions. His wife is frantic because she doesn't know what to tell the doctors or know what her husband would want to have done (such as Do Not Resuscitate, No heroic measures, No ventilator, No antibiotics, No IV or tube feeding, etc).


My wife and I (like many other married couples) have been putting off getting our wills done. My friend's experience has now made this a much higher priority for us. We also should have the hard discussions about end of life decisions and get a living will drawn up. This book has brought up a number of issues that I hadn't considered before.