Being Mortal

Being Mortal

Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End

Atul Gawande

In 2008, the national Coping with Cancer project published a study showing that terminally ill Cancer patients who were put on a mechanical ventilator, given electrical defibrillation or chest compressions, or admitted, near death, to intensive care had a substantially worse quality of life in their last week than those who received no such interventions. And, six months after their death, their caregivers were three times as likely to suffer major depression.

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