Atul Gawande, Being Mortal: Medicine And What Matters In The End

What a remarkable book. Written by a surgeon and author, we take here a concrete journey through the lives of people suffering through the last stages of life. We discover the enormous burden people carry–patients and family alike–because health care is focused almost exclusively on medical solutions. What happens, Gawande asks, when the whole person is treated with dignity? How can we change our places of healing and places of dying? How can we change our attitudes and postures for treatment? While I could wish for more spiritual reflection on these matters, this book is a must read for all of us who care for friends and family members–and ourselves as well–as we all move toward mortality.