Essay on Being Mortal By Atul Gawande

1161 Words Nov 3rd, 2015 null Page
In discussions of Atul Gawande’s book Being Mortal, one controversial issue has been about the inescapable realities of death and becoming old. On the one hand, Gawande believes that when a person becomes old or near death, the surgeries and spending money on medicines ‘to keep them alive’ are not the best solution and it can complicate ones situation. The best way is to have the support of your loved ones to help get through tough times after surgeries or becoming old. On the other hand, Suzanne Koven from The Boston Globe believes that Atul’s book is very sad and depressing because it brings up the topics of aging, death, and current medical practices. It can commonly be associated with the question, How can we make our last days more comfortable, meaningful, and affordable? Others even maintain that we can put our trust in doctors and medicines to help us get back to our normal self because they are very well educated and have attended vigorous years of schooling and they in fact know how to save someone’s life. My own view is that all life is precious and it is very heart breaking when you know you or a loved one is going to die from an incurable disease like cancer. When becoming old, you have difficulties of doing task on your own and it can hurt a man’s pride when they hear they must live in a nursing home. Though it can be sad and depressing like Koven mentioned, but this is the sad truth to living. It is essentially the circle of life and all living things must…

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