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February Book Club: Being Mortal

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Kootenay Co-op invites you to join our FREE community book club! Each month, a local personality will lead the discussion on their chosen book at the Nelson Public Library.  You can find the books at the library, Otter Books, on your friend’s bookshelf, or as an audiobook from the library or audible.com.  You can sign up to save your spot in the form below or at Customer Service once registration for the session opens, on the 1st of the prior month.   Check out the rest of the books on the Book Club Page and share your thoughts on the Facebook Event.

 

The February meeting will be led by Shelley Adams, author of the Whitewater Cooks series,  to discuss Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
 

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From Good Reads:

In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending

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. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extends suffering.

Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession’s ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. 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.

Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.

 


 

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Date:
February 21
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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