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Top Books on Reddit in 2018 rank no. 110
you NEED to read these books if you even slightly care about anything(r/gatekeeping)
There’s a great book that I recommend left and right to people – Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal. It covers a huge breadth of topics regarding aging, end of life, terminal illness, cancer, hospice/palliative care, nursing homes, death, and modern medicine.
One of the recurring issues that comes up is the struggle for many doctors to effectively communicate expectations and outcomes with patients and their families. They find it challenging to have those very necessary, but difficult, conversations that basically boil down to “you have a disease that is 99% going to kill you and there’s nothing more we can realistically do to extend your life without causing more suffering.”We have encouraged doctors to change healthcare from a service to a conversation — to involve patients in their care — and it is overall a very good thing, but this has has an unintended consequence; doctors are afraid to dispense bad news. So they beat around the bush; they say, “you have stage IV renal cell carcinoma, with mets here, here, and here. What questions do you have for me?” The patient asks, “how do we treat it?” — the doctor says, “well, we can do chemo, radiation… there are…