The title of some books just grab you. Being Mortal was one of those books.
The author is Atul Gawande and I have previously read one of his books The Checklist Manifesto. He is a great story teller, not fiction but the stories of real people, real events.
The Checklist Manifesto explains how, whatever your business or professional discipline, "checklists stop the dumb stuff from happening
So I was intrigued by his book Being Mortal, what could that be about? In a nutshell it is about the trade off between quantity of life and quality of life.
Few people now die at home surrounded by their family. We have sanitised death by allowing it to happen in hospital.
We expect that the medical profession will be able to extend our lives even when we are suffering from severe and ultimately terminal ailments. But at what cost?
Gawande describes multiple human stories where the choice between invasive and massively debilitating medical and surgical intervention seems worse than a shorter but more satisfying final life time.
This is a book that might sound morbid but actually, because of the writers capacity to tell human stories, turns out to be inspiring.
"Never before has aging been such an important topic. For, even as medical advances push the boundaries of survival further each year, we have become profoundly detached from the reality of being mortal"