Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
". . . Gawande has provided us with a moving and clear-eyed look at aging and death in our society, and at the harms we do in turning it into a medical problem, rather than a human one. . . . Narrowing the lives of the aged down to mere existence in institutions and submitting the dying to the full panoply of procedures that modern medicine has to offer cause enormous, unnecessary suffering. There is no way, of course, to make old age and all its infirmities disappear; it is what life deals us. But what Gawande shows us in this admirable book is that we could handle it a lot better." Marcia Angel in the New York Review of Books.
Reading group meetings start at 7:30 pm, and generally end around 9:30. Anyone who has read the month’s selection is invited to take part; new participants are welcome: no long-term commitment is required. If you plan to attend, please e-mail or call the hosts at least two days before the meeting, so they will know how many people to expect, and so you may be notified in the event that the location should change, as sometimes happens. If you have questions or suggestions, please contact Peter Greenfield at email@example.com.
A not-quite-up-to-date list of books discussed by the reading group since 1991 is available online.
Tuesday, July 17 at 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Home of Peter Greenfield 1126 Grand Avenue Seattle, WA 98122