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In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End Editorial Review: "We have come to medicalize aging, fraility, and death, treatment them as if they were just one more clinical problem to overcome. However it is not only medicine that is needed in one's decling years but life-a life with meaning, a life as rich and full as possible under the circumstances. Being Mortal is not only wise and deeply moving, it is an essential and insightful book for our times, as one would expect from Atul Gawande, one of our finest physician writers." "American medicine, Being Mortal reminds us, has prepared itself for life but not for death. This is Atul Gawande's most powerful-and moving book." "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."