Being Mortal (2014) by Atul Gawande is a study of how medicine deals with death and what can be done to improve how we die. Gawande also wrote the excellent Checklist Manifesto about how checklists can improve medical procedures.
Being Mortal is a confronting, fantastic book that forces us to contemplate the scary decisions that many of us and many people we know will have to face. Dealing with how we age and where we live as we lose our physical and mental abilities is something people often avoid thinking about. The book gives us case studies and facts and figures about how many of us will have to face decline and death.
Gawande uses the fate of his father very well to add poignancy to the book superbly. The book is well written, thought provoking and handles a subject of huge importance. It’s the best book I’ve read in a long time and is highly recommended.