A Modern Healthcare book event with Dr. Atul Gawande
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Come hear author Dr. Atul Gawande speak and answer questions about his new book.
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. CST
The Gold Room, 2nd Floor
200 N. Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
From the New York Times best-selling author of The Checklist Manifesto, Dr. Atul Gawande in his latest book takes readers inside the hospices, geriatric clinics, nursing homes and his own surgical practice to show how the U.S. healthcare system, by medicalizing the final chapter in all too many peoples' lives, is robbing them of what they most want.
“We have come to medicalize aging, frailty and death, treating them as if they were just one more medical problem to overcome. It is not just medicine that is needed in one's declining years, but life – a life with meaning.” – Oliver Sacks, M.D., author of Hallucinations
“A deeply affecting, urgently important book – one not just about dying and the limits of medicine, but about living to the last with autonomy, dignity, and joy.” – Katherine Boo, author of Beyond the Beautiful Forevers
“Gawande advocates giving the elderly more freedom to accept or refuse certain medical treatments. He speaks not only as a doctor, but as a son. With laudable candor, Gawande shares his own journey of discussions and difficult decisions with his parents toward the end of his father's life. These are the conversations he correctly notes we all need to have with doctors and with our loved ones, the conversations that fear-mongers have labeled 'death panels' — as if not discussing death means we can avoid it.” – WBUR, Boston
Dr. Gawande's talk will be followed by a question-and-answer period and book signing.
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