Being Mortal

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description: A book about the medicinal world and the awareness of our own mortality
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Being Mortal is a non-fiction book by Atul Gawande detailing his experiences with patients and the mortality of humans as the focus of medical treatments. It is a fascinating read, inherently honest in its self, and endearing because of its unabashed treatment of how people think towards the end of their lives. While the book predominantly deals with old age, I wished there was more than just that. For example, I wanted to know how people who have not lived those many years think about death and dying. Having said that, the book is a thoughtful collection of anecdotes that one must go through to understand their own being, and being mortal.