This was a riveting read, and I really enjoyed it, and despite the title, the subject matter was not morbid at all. In fact, one of my favorite stories was about a radical doctor who brought 2 dogs, 4 cats, and 100 parakeets into a nursing home, and the results that those animals had on the residents was just remarkable! This book is not about having a "good death"; it's about living the best quality of life possible right up until the end.
Dr. Gwande examines these limitations and failures, and how we can do better. He follows a hospice nurse on her rounds, a geriatrician in a clinic, and uses the stories of his own patients and those of his family members also. He shows us why it's important to have those "hard conversations" about what we want at the end, whether it's someone dying from cancer, or an adult child dealing with aging parents.
In this eye-opening book, surgeon and author Atul Gwande explores how the idea that medicine, that is meant to help us, often hurts us when it comes to dying and aging. A lot of the treatments meant to extend life don't actually extend it by that much, and end up causing greater suffering instead.Nursing homes, devoted to safety, battle with residents over the food they eat, what time they have to go bed, and other choices. Doctors, uncomfortable with patients anxieties over death, often fall back on false hopes and give treatments that are shortening lives instead of extending them.