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By Atul Gawande

In Being Mortal, bestselling writer Atul Gawande tackles the toughest problem of his career: how medication can't simply enhance existence but in addition the method of its ending

Medicine has triumphed nowa days, reworking delivery, harm, and infectious sickness from harrowing to doable. yet within the inevitable situation of getting older and loss of life, the objectives of medication look too usually to run counter to the curiosity of the human spirit. Nursing houses, preoccupied with safeguard, pin sufferers into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the demise, checking for very important symptoms lengthy after the ambitions of healing became moot. medical professionals, devoted to extending existence, proceed to hold out devastating strategies that during the tip expand suffering.

Gawande, a working towards health care professional, addresses his profession’s final dilemma, arguing that caliber of lifestyles is the specified aim for sufferers and households. Gawande deals examples of freer, extra socially enjoyable types for supporting the infirm and based aged, and he explores the forms of hospice care to illustrate person's final weeks or months can be wealthy and dignified.

Full of eye-opening study and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medication can convenience and increase our adventure even to the top, delivering not just an exceptional existence but in addition an outstanding finish.

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The newest view holds that aging is more orderly and genetically programmed. Proponents of this view point out that animals of similar species and exposure to wear and tear have markedly different life spans. 3 years. Perhaps animals are like plants, with lives that are, to a large extent, internally governed. Certain species of bamboo, for instance, form a dense stand that grows and flourishes for a hundred years, flowers all at once, and then dies. The idea that living things shut down instead of wearing down has received substantial support in recent years.

I am in a profession that has succeeded because of its ability to fix. If your problem is fixable, we know just what to do. But if it’s not? The fact that we have had no adequate answers to this question is troubling and has caused callousness, inhumanity, and extraordinary suffering. This experiment of making mortality a medical experience is just decades old. It is young. And the evidence is it is failing. * * * THIS IS A book about the modern experience of mortality—about what it’s like to be creatures who age and die, how medicine has changed the experience and how it hasn’t, where our ideas about how to deal with our finitude have got the reality wrong.

Arthritis, tremors, and small strokes, for example, make it difficult to brush and floss, and because nerves become less sensitive with age, people may not realize that they have cavity and gum problems until it’s too late. In the course of a normal lifetime, the muscles of the jaw lose about 40 percent of their mass and the bones of the mandible lose about 20 percent, becoming porous and weak. The ability to chew declines, and people shift to softer foods, which are generally higher in fermentable carbohydrates and more likely to cause cavities.

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