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Let's Talk Books – Atul Gawande’s "Being Mortal"
Join us every third Thursday of the month to discuss a good book
- Date: 04/20/2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
- Location: Downtown Library - Small Conference Room
1044 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, California 94063
- Introduction: Come to any or all meetings.
We will be discussing
April 20th - Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal.
"Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person's last weeks or months may be rich and dignified.” - Publisher
Sponsored by The Friends of the Library
Contact: Gene Suarez