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Being Mortal: a conversation with critically acclaimed author, Dr Atul Gawande

21 November 2014

ehospice chair David Praill recently met with US surgeon, author and public health researcher, Dr Atul Gawande, to discuss his best-selling book, Being Mortal.

Dr Gawande describes the book as "a puzzling over this medicalisation of the way we come to mortality."

As part of the conversation, David asks Dr Gawande if he has a message to palliative care and hospice professionals?

He replies simply: “Thank you.”

Adding: “I learned a lot from talking to your colleagues. They helped me understand that just giving facts to patients, being 'Dr Informative' is not enough .... they need more than that.”

"They need someone who is willing to explain what the meaning is, whether you are worried about them or not worried, and whether you can ask the questions about what happens to them.”

The second piece of advice Dr Gawande offers is “to not be afraid of teaching the rest of your colleagues.”

“There aren't enough palliative care specialists to go round,” he adds. “And these are basic skills that all doctors should have."

Read a longer version of this article on the UK edition of ehospice or watch the full interview on YouTube.

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Comments | 2 comments


Kate Jackson

Juliet, I would suggest ordering it online. Does Amazon deliver to Uganda? Here is a link:

13/04/2015 11:42:28


Where can we find the book in Uganda?

20/02/2015 05:47:24

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