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A Partisan's Daughter written by Louis de Bernieres performed by Sian Thomas and Jeff Rawle on Audio CD (Unabridged)

A Partisan's Daughter written by Louis de Bernieres performed by Sian Thomas and Jeff Rawle on Audio CD (Unabridged)£19.99

The new audiobook from the acclaimed author of Birds Without Wings and Captain Corelli's Mandolin is a love story at once raw and sweetly funny, wry and heartbreakingly sad. Chris is bored, lonely, trapped in a loveless, sexless marriage. In his forties, he's a stranger to the 1970s youth culture of London, a...

Being Mortal written by Atul Gawande performed by Robert Petkoff on CD (Unabridged)

Being Mortal written by Atul Gawande performed by Robert Petkoff on CD (Unabridged)
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ISBN:  9781427244239
Genre - Main:  Non-Fiction
Genre - Specific:  Medicine
Duration:  540 mins
Length:  Unabridged
Author:  Atul Gawande
Narrator 1:  Robert Petkoff

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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 extend 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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