ABODE International Book Club and Study Group
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ABODE’s Book Club and Study Group starts Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2023! Join us 6:30-7:30 p.m., via Zoom. We’ll read and discuss ead and discuss Being Mortal by Atul Gawande.

We’ll meet on Zoom for 6 Tuesdays. Interested in joining in? We’d love to have you with us! Please email info@abodehome.org and we’ll send you the Zoom link.

Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, injury and disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should.

Through eye-opening research and gripping stories of his own patients and family, Gawande reveals the suffering this dynamic has produced. Nursing homes, devoted above all to safety, battle with residents over the food they are allowed to eat and the choices they are allowed to make. Doctors, uncomfortable discussing patients’ anxieties about death, fall back on false hopes and treatments that are actually shortening lives instead of improving them. And families go along with all of it.

In his bestselling books, Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon, has fearlessly revealed the struggles of his profession. Now he examines its ultimate limitations and failures – in his own practices as well as others’ – as life draws to a close. And he discovers how we can do better. He follows a hospice nurse on her rounds, a geriatrician in his clinic, and reformers turning nursing homes upside down. He finds people who show us how to have the hard conversations and how to ensure we never sacrifice what people really care about.

Riveting, honest and humane, Being Mortal shows that the ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life – all the way to the very end.


Six Tuesdays, starting Sept. 26, 2023


6:30 pm-7:30 pm


Via Zoom

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