Being Mortal

Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End

Atul Gawande
Psychology Health and Fitness


Atul Gawande explores the birth of nursing homes, independent and assisted living facilities, and the various roles modern Hospice programs can play to support those nearing the end of their lives. Gawande shares several stories of those who were adeptly aided through the process of growing frail as well as those were not so lucky. Finally, Gawande shares what he has learned about how each of us should approach our mortality as well as that of those we love.

About the author

Atul Gawande is an American surgeon, writer, and public health researcher. He practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.