Summary Of Atul Gawande's Being Mortal

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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, …show more content…
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 die, including plants. We are not made to live forever and science hinders the circle of life when a person well knows that their end is near. The best way to deal with this is to live life to the fullest and make decisions you will not regret later in …show more content…
Gawande states, “In the Unites States, 25 percent of all Medicare spending’s is for the 5 percent of patients who are in their final years of life, and most of that money goes for care in their last couple of months that is of little apparent benefit”(153). The essence of Gawande’s argument is that we are spending lottery ticket numbers on patients who are already have no chance of living and spending this amount of money does not benefit them one bit. From this viewpoint it is a waste of precious medications, space in hospitals/ nursing homes, and money. We cannot save lives of people who are destined to pass

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