Being Mortal By Atul Gawande Essay

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Being Mortal
In current discussions on Atul Gawande’s book Being Mortal, a controversial issue has been whether the treatment of dying patients is wrong. One viewpoint against Gawande 's ideas are that doctors are only responsible for treating a patient and keeping them alive. From this perspective, dealing with a patient 's feelings as well as coping with death are not as important as finding a way to somehow keep the patient alive for the longest possible time. From a conflicting position, Gawande claims that helping the patient make the most out of their remaining time and helping them cope with the emotional side of death is as important, if not, more important than extending their painful lives. Atul Gawande makes it clear in Being Mortal that “people with serious illness have priorities besides simply prolonging their lives” (155). Basically, Gawande is saying that there are other important things that dying patients need to handle while they are alive besides trying to stay alive longer. In addition, Amanda Gutterman’s states in her Huffington Post review that the crucial point of the book is that “throughout the developed world, our approach to death has completely changed in just a few generations. And with that change come a host of new questions” (Huffington Post). From Gutterman’s standpoint, she is adding that Gawande is pointing out that the treatment of the dying has been altered over time and needs to be thought about more. Essentially, then, the issue is…

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