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Being Mortal Book Discussion Group

April 19, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Being Mortal Book Discussion Group
Thursday, April 19th, 6-7pm
Wyatt Conference Room, Partners In Care

Please join us for the first Friends of Hospice book discussion group! 

The first book up for discussion is Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. The discussion will be facilitated by Cheryl Adcox, a former Hospice nurse, and Friends of Hospice Board Member Linda Cohen. Light refreshments provided. Free and open to the public; bring a friend! RSVPs required for planning food, beverage, and seating.

RSVP or (541) 410-3918.

Book Description
From Atul Gawande, a book that has the potential to change medicine – and lives. 
Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, injury, and disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should.
Through eye-opening research and gripping stories of his own patients and family, Gawande reveals the suffering this dynamic has produced. Nursing homes, devoted above all to safety, battle with residents over the food they are allowed to eat and the choices they are allowed to make. Doctors, uncomfortable discussing patients’ anxieties about death, fall back on false hopes and treatments that are actually shortening lives instead of improving them. And families go along with all of it.
In his bestselling books, Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon, has fearlessly revealed the struggles of his profession. Now he examines its ultimate limitations and failures – in his own practices as well as others’ – as life draws to a close. And he discovers how we can do better. He follows a hospice nurse on her rounds, a geriatrician in his clinic, and reformers turning nursing homes upside down. He finds people who show us how to have the hard conversations and how to ensure we never sacrifice what people really care about.
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.


April 19, 2018
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Makayla Oliver
(541) 410-3918


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