Summary of Being Mortal

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Summary of Being Mortal by Atul Gawande 

Being Mortal, written by Atul Gawande, brings to light an array of concepts involving death, mortality, aging, and terminal illness. Gawande includes extensive research and chronicles the stories of his patients, other doctors’ patients, and his own family members. The resulting book informs readers about many circumstances and scenarios that can help people find the best route through their or their family members’ final days, months, or years…

Key Takeaways

1. Nursing homes were not created to assist the elderly with their dependency on others or provide a better option than poorhouses. They were created to clear out hospital beds.
2. Assisted living arose from the need for an alternative to nursing homes that could give patients more independence and control over their lives.
3. At the end of their lives, most people want more than to merely survive, which is where medical institutions, nursing homes, and assisted living can fall flat.
4. People need to ask themselves what would make life worth living when they are ill, old, frail, or dependent on others for daily care.

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  • Being mortal

    By Pb42me
    Superbly written and an outstanding eloquently described death and dying process as a part of active life and living process.
  • Not motivated to purchase

    By Thepetmom
    This summary did not inspire me to read the book. Poor summary.
  • Being Mortal Atul Gawande

    By penarth wales
    The summary was very informative and I want to read more
  • Well done, bravo.

    By TheFadeness
    Quite well written, I would recommend this for anyone who is interested in the actual book but has no time or is simply too lazy to read the actual book. This book honestly was very interesting, it captivated me. I was told by my friends to read the book and I don't have much time but this summary made it very easy to read about it and talk to my friends about the book without spending days on end reading the actual book.
  • Being Mortal

    By Kn2dignity2Di
    As a nurse for over 30 years, I can validate all of Atul's concerns. I too could've written on this topic with multiple examples of tests and treatments making patients last days miserable when could have been spent living and planning closure.
  • Being Mortal

    By Gargolliade
    I'm not really sure how to feel about this summary as I have never read a book in this form before. I feel that now I need to read the whole book and after I would know if this summary book was well done, or not. From that perspective I would say it was of benefit as it has inspired me to read the whole book.
  • Well done

    By Igbe
    Perfectly informative.
  • ty 😊 Excellent summary...

    By angelheavenlee
    ty 😊 Excellent summary... Well written summary! Exactly took me 20 minutes to read. Atul Gawande is an intelligent man with an important message.
  • message was a treasure

    By Lifesmychallenge
    As a senior citizen and someone who works with hospice patients, I felt the message was a treasure! It helped my understanding of the aging process. I will buy the book now.

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