Our book club read for June is Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Atul Gawande. You can participate by leaving comments here, or by attending our book club meeting on June 22, 2019 at Arden Dimick Library.
Atul Gawande was both in New York but for the most part grew up in Ohio. His parents were immigrants from India. Both are also doctors. Atul was expected to be a doctor but resisted this calling at first, gaining degrees in political science and biology as well as medicine.
Dr. Gawande specializes in general and endocrine surgery. He has also been active in politics and in journalism. In the political realm, he’s campaigned for Gary Hart and Al Gore, and during Clinton’s presidency served as a senior advisor to the Department of Health and Human Services. In journalism, he’s written for The New Yorker and Slate and published three books: Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science, The Checklist Manifesto, Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance, and Being Mortal.
Here are Dr. Gawande’s Ted talks: