Being Mortal

Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End
Author: Atul Gawande
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781846685828
Category:
Page: 304
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From the international bestselling author of Better, Complications and The Checklist Manifesto and Reith Lecturer 2014, a revolutionary and emotionally searing account of death, dying and medicine.

Complications

A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science
Author: Atul Gawande
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 1847651240
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 389
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The international bestseller from the author of Being Mortal In these gripping accounts of true cases, bestselling author Atul Gawande performs exploratory surgery on medicine itself, laying bare a science not in its idealised form, but as it actually is - complicated, perplexing and profoundly human. This is a stunningly well-written account of the life of a surgeon: what it is like to cut into people's bodies and the terrifying - literally life and death - decisions that have to be made: operations that go wrong; of doctors who go to the bad; why autopsies are necessary; what it feels like to insert your knife into someone. 'Written as tautly as a thriller' Observer

Love: Expressed


Author: Tristan Sherwin
Publisher: WestBow Press
ISBN: 1512715859
Category: Religion
Page: 252
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You may be looking at the back of this book, watching as someone else is reading it—a book entitled: Love: Expressed. And you’re thinking, ‘They must have issues.’ So to help them out for a moment: This isn’t another one of those ‘self-help’ manuals. This isn’t a book about romance and sex, or feelings and cuddles. This isn’t a guidebook offering relationship advice, giving tips on how to find ‘love’ and ‘look after’ it. In those senses, this isn’t even a book about love. It’s a book about life—every part of it. About how it should be lived, how it should be explored, how it should be expressed. This is a book about meaning, about life’s trajectories. It’s about God. It’s about you. It’s about them. In that sense, this is all about love. But if I could capture here what I mean by ‘love’ in that sense, I wouldn’t have needed to write a book. “Tristan Sherwin has written a smart and beautiful book showing us that Jesus Christ is the love of God expressed as a human life. This is the life we are called to imitate; this life of love is what we are made for.” —Brian Zahnd; Author of A Farewell To Mars “Refreshing, authentic, inspiring, and yet practical—Tristan is a breath of fresh air.” —Jeff Lucas; Author, Speaker, Broadcaster “Love: Expressed is a work of dirt-under-your-fingers spirituality.” —Jonathan Martin; Author of Prototype

With the End in Mind

Dying, Death, and Wisdom in an Age of Denial
Author: Kathryn Mannix
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 031650453X
Category: Self-Help
Page: 352
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For readers of Atul Gawande and Paul Kalanithi, a palliative care doctor's breathtaking stories from 30 years spent caring for the dying. Modern medical technology is allowing us to live longer and fuller lives than ever before. And for the most part, that is good news. But with changes in the way we understand medicine come changes in the way we understand death. Once a familiar, peaceful, and gentle -- if sorrowful -- transition, death has come to be something from which we shield our eyes, as we prefer to fight desperately against it rather than accept its inevitability. Dr. Kathryn Mannix has studied and practiced palliative care for thirty years. In With the End in Mind, she shares beautifully crafted stories from a lifetime of caring for the dying, and makes a compelling case for the therapeutic power of approaching death not with trepidation, but with openness, clarity, and understanding. Weaving the details of her own experiences as a caregiver through stories of her patients, their families, and their distinctive lives, Dr. Mannix reacquaints us with the universal, but deeply personal, process of dying. With insightful meditations on life, death, and the space between them, With the End in Mind describes the possibility of meeting death gently, with forethought and preparation, and shows the unexpected beauty, dignity, and profound humanity of life coming to an end.

The Laws of Medicine

Field Notes from an Uncertain Science
Author: Siddhartha Mukherjee
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476784841
Category: Medical
Page: 96
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One of the world's premiere cancer researchers reveals an urgent philosophy on the little-known principles that govern medicine--and how understanding these principles can empower everyone.

Better

A Surgeon's Notes on Performance
Author: Atul Gawande
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 1847651232
Category: Medical
Page: 293
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The struggle to perform well is universal, but nowhere is this drive to do better more important than in medicine. In his new book, Atul Gawande explores how doctors strive to close the gap between best intentions and best performance in the face of obstacles that sometimes seem insurmountable. His vivid stories take us to battlefield surgical tents in Iraq, to a polio outbreak in India and to malpractice courtrooms around the country. He discusses the ethical dilemmas of doctors' participation in lethal injections, examines the influence of money on modern medicine and recounts the astoundingly contentious history of hand-washing. Finally, he gives a brutally honest insight into life as a practising surgeon. Unflinching but compassionate, Gawande's investigation into medical professionals and their progression from good to great provides a detailed blueprint for success that can be used by everyone.

Checklist Manifesto, The (HB)


Author: Atul Gawande
Publisher: Penguin Books India
ISBN: 0670084409
Category:
Page: 224
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We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies-neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist. First introduced decades ago by the U.S. Air Force, checklists have enabled pilots to fly aircraft of mind-boggling sophistication. Now innovative checklists are being adopted in hospitals around the world, helping doctors and nurses respond to everything from flu epidemics to avalanches. Even in the immensely complex world of surgery, a simple ninety-second variant has cut the rate of fatalities by more than a third. In riveting stories, Gawande takes us from Austria, where an emergency checklist saved a drowning victim who had spent half an hour underwater, to Michigan, where a cleanliness checklist in intensive care units virtually eliminated a type of deadly hospital infection. He explains how checklists actually work to prompt striking and immediate improvements. And he follows the checklist revolution into fields well beyond medicine, from disaster response to investment banking, skyscraper construction, and businesses of all kinds. An intellectual adventure in which lives are lost and saved and one simple idea makes a tremendous difference.

In Love with Death


Author: Satish Modi
Publisher: Birlinn Limited
ISBN: 9781780272146
Category: Self-Help
Page: 163
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Death is the inevitable fate of every single person on earth. How do we accept the inevitability of our own death? How do we live our lives with meaning? Will money lead us to happiness? Satish Modi examines these questions and more in a moving, powerful, thought-provoking work based on his own reflections as well as the experiences of people from all walks of life. The result is a fascinating book that teaches us that whoever we are and whatever our aspirations in this life, it is important for each and every one of us to accept our own passing. In doing so, we free ourselves to live as fully as possible, guided by the principles of goodness, love, and compassion.

The Four Things That Matter Most - 10th Anniversary Edition

A Book About Living
Author: Ira Byock
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476748535
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 272
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Updated with stories from people who have been inspired by the original text, a guide to connecting with what matters most identifies four phrases for honoring relationships, letting go of unhealthy emotions, and living life fully.

Mind That Child

A Medical Memoir
Author: Simon Rowley
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 014377199X
Category: Medical
Page: 288
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There is always a baby for whom you can feel happy at what they have achieved, or sad when things go wrong. There are always parents to help through an incredible journey, and a junior staff member who is keen to learn and to whom you can pass on some of your wisdom. I am, I know, a very lucky man.' Dr Simon Rowley is a renowned paediatrician who has committed almost all of his working life to the care and wellbeing of young people. In Mind That Child, Rowley charts his decades of medical experience, touching on an array of issues, such as the rise of neurological disorders including autism and ADHD, to the high-stakes management of pre-term babies, and the serious impacts of drugs, alcohol and technology on developing minds. Real-life cases and practical advice are interwoven throughout a candid, compassionate narrative. What's revealed is a tender and profound portrait of a fearless medical professional at the very centre of what matters - a man who always adopts a humane, holistic view and who writes openly about the personal toll of a career in medicine. Mind That Child is a statement on what it means to be entrusted with the most precious of responsibilities - a young human life. A must-read for any parent and a wonderful insight into the high-pressure medical world.

Care of Older Adults

A Strengths-based Approach
Author: Wendy Moyle,Deborah Parker,Marguerite Bramble
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107625459
Category: Medical
Page: 224
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By taking a strengths-based approach, this book encourages nursing practice with a focus on individuals' potential and capacities rather than their limits.

The Way We Die Now

The View from Medicine's Front Line
Author: Seamus O'Mahony
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 125011280X
Category: Social Science
Page: 320
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We have lost the ability to deal with death. Most of our friends and beloved relations will die in a busy hospital in the care of strangers, doctors, and nurses they have known at best for a couple of weeks. They may not even know they are dying, victims of the kindly lie that there is still hope. They are unlikely to see even their family doctor in their final hours, robbed of their dignity and fed through a tube after a long series of excessive and hopeless medical interventions. This is the starting point of Seamus O’Mahony’s The Way We Die Now, a thoughtful, moving and unforgettable book on the western way of death. Dying has never been more public, with celebrities writing detailed memoirs of their illness, but in private we have done our best to banish all thought of dying and made a good death increasingly difficult to achieve.

Modern Death

How Medicine Changed the End of Life
Author: Haider Warraich
Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co
ISBN: 0715652400
Category: Medical
Page: 336
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Nothing is more certain in life than death. Yet recent advances in medicine and technology have dramatically increased our life expectancy, and everything about when, where, how and why we die has changed. The result is that dying is today a more prolonged and harrowing experience than ever before. In Modern Death, the physician and clinical researcher Haider Warraich draws on his expert personal experience as well as on history, culture, theology and legal theory, to tackle important ethical questions that go right to the heart of what it is to be human. He reveals what dying really means in today’s medical industrial complex, discusses the ethics of patient proxies, living wills and the right to die, and argues in favour of giving terminally ill patients the right to physician-assisted death. Written by an insightful, new voice in the conversation about death and dying, Modern Death is a heartfelt and inspiring book offering an unabashedly honest perspective, exploring how we can and must do better by the ones we love.

The Palliative Care Handbook

Guidelines for Clinical Management and Sympton Control
Author: Rod Macleod,Jane Vella-Brincat,Sandy Macleod
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780987582874
Category:
Page: 160
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'This handbook is not for the bookshelf but will be kept close at hand as an essential and trusted palliative care resource.' - A/Prof Colm Cunningham Director, Dementia Centre The Palliative Care Handbook is an internationally best-selling and highly accessible resource for supporting palliative care where ever it occurs. Not only widely used by doctors and nurses, it is has a strong record of assisting patients and families as they seek simple, brief and accurate information about the symptoms and treatments they encounter. 'Recently when my mother was facing her last days, I had trouble understanding the medications that were being recommended and symptoms that were of concern. I came across a copy of The Palliative Care Handbook and within minutes found a brief and easy to understand description of the things my mum was going through - and not just physical, but emotional and spiritual too. I then looked up the drugs that had been prescribed and this helped me feel much better informed.' Andrew, NSW. The three authors are international experts in their fields and author Professor Rod MacLeod recently was appointed Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to palliative care. It is significant the eighth edition includes section in dementia as palliative care for people with dementia is an increasing issues. NSW Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner, will launch the latest edition of The Palliative Care Handbook in Sydney on November 18. This is the first edition of the book to be made available through bookstores "Now updated to include sections on dementia, nutrition and deprescribing, as well as the latest drug information, the eight edition of The Palliative Care Handbook continues to be an essential guide in end-of-life care for use by clinicians as well as patients and families. Further online resources available from palliativecarebridge.com.au"

When Breath Becomes Air


Author: Paul Kalanithi
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
ISBN: 081298840X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 228
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The Art of Medicine

Over 2000 Years of Medicine in Our Lives
Author: Julie Anderson,Emm Barnes,Emma Shackleton
Publisher: Ilex Press
ISBN: 9781907579134
Category: Medicine in art
Page: 255
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For thousands of years artists have played a special role in the human quest to understand anatomy, health and disease; this book celebrates their creativity and inquisitiveness using little-seen, stunning imagery from one of the worlds greatest collections. The Wellcome Collection is based on the enormous bequest left by pioneering pharmacist Sir Henry Wellcome (18531936). For many years, he travelled the globe, acquiring any kind of art or artefact with a bearing on health and medical treatment: the resulting collection everything from oil paintings, to dentures, scrolls, glass eyes and illuminated books numbers over a million pieces, and forms a unique history of humankinds growing understanding of ourselves and our world. Using a wealth of previously unseen images from the collection, and telling the fascinating story of medical understanding worldwide, The Art of Medicine celebrates both medical advance and visual artistry.

Living with Dying

Finding Care and Compassion at the End of Life
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781780661513
Category: Electronic books
Page: 256
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Our ageing population is a modern success story, and success brings problems. The new demographic is for people to die in old age, or extreme old age, but with multiple illnesses and diagnoses, and on a cocktail of medication. But where is the balance of medicine between curing and caring? Are we neglecting the wellbeing of the dying person in our desire to fight death at all costs? Margaret McCartney, author of The Patient Paradox, examines the way we care for people at the end of life. She finds that medicine can harm as well as help, that loneliness and social isolation are endemic, and a.

Do No Harm

Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery
Author: Henry Marsh
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1466872802
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 304
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A New York Times Bestseller Shortlisted for both the Guardian First Book Prize and the Costa Book Award Longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction A Finalist for the Pol Roger Duff Cooper Prize A Finalist for the Wellcome Book Prize A Financial Times Best Book of the Year An Economist Best Book of the Year A Washington Post Notable Book of the Year What is it like to be a brain surgeon? How does it feel to hold someone's life in your hands, to cut into the stuff that creates thought, feeling, and reason? How do you live with the consequences of performing a potentially lifesaving operation when it all goes wrong? In neurosurgery, more than in any other branch of medicine, the doctor's oath to "do no harm" holds a bitter irony. Operations on the brain carry grave risks. Every day, leading neurosurgeon Henry Marsh must make agonizing decisions, often in the face of great urgency and uncertainty. If you believe that brain surgery is a precise and exquisite craft, practiced by calm and detached doctors, this gripping, brutally honest account will make you think again. With astonishing compassion and candor, Marsh reveals the fierce joy of operating, the profoundly moving triumphs, the harrowing disasters, the haunting regrets, and the moments of black humor that characterize a brain surgeon's life. Do No Harm provides unforgettable insight into the countless human dramas that take place in a busy modern hospital. Above all, it is a lesson in the need for hope when faced with life's most difficult decisions.

The Doctor Stories


Author: William Carlos Williams
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
ISBN: 9780811209267
Category: Fiction
Page: 142
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Gathers poems, a selection from the author's autobiography, and a dozen stories about doctors, patients, errors in judgement, and breakthroughs

Adventures in Human Being


Author: Gavin Francis
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 1782831045
Category: Science
Page: 317
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Sunday Times bestseller We have a lifetime's association with our bodies, but for many of us they remain uncharted territory. In Adventures in Human Being, Gavin Francis leads the reader on a journey through health and illness, offering insights on everything from the ribbed surface of the brain to the secret workings of the heart and the womb; from the pulse of life at the wrist to the unique engineering of the foot. Drawing on his own experiences as a doctor and GP, he blends first-hand case studies with reflections on the way the body has been imagined and portrayed over the millennia. If the body is a foreign country, then to practise medicine is to explore new territory: Francis leads the reader on an adventure through what it means to be human. Both a user's guide to the body and a celebration of its elegance, this book will transform the way you think about being alive, whether in sickness or in health. Published in association with the Wellcome Collection. WELLCOME COLLECTION Wellcome Collection is a free museum and library that aims to challenge how we think and feel about health. Inspired by the medical objects and curiosities collected by Henry Wellcome, it connects science, medicine, life and art. Wellcome Collection exhibitions, events and books explore a diverse range of subjects, including consciousness, forensic medicine, emotions, sexology, identity and death. Wellcome Collection is part of Wellcome, a global charitable foundation that exists to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive, funding over 14,000 researchers and projects in more than 70 countries. wellcomecollection.org