His new book being mortal is a personal meditation on how we can better live with age related frailty serious illness and approaching death he shifts somewhat abruptly to end of life . Riveting honest and humane being mortal shows that the ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life all the way to the very end reviews a deeply affecting urgently important book one not just about dying and the limits of medicine but about living to the last with autonomy dignity and joy. Being mortal medicine and what matters in the end atul gawandes masterful exploration of aging death and the medical professions mishandling of both is his best and most personal . Being mortal medicine and what matters in the end gawande a practicing surgeon addresses his professions ultimate limitation arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families of the terminally ill. Being mortal medicine and what matters in the end atul gawande 2014 henry holt co 304 pp isbn 13 9781250081247 summary atul gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending
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