Wisconsin Book Festival presents Atul Gawande

Date & Time: 
Friday, October 24, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Location(s): 
Central Library
201 W Mifflin St
Madison, WI

The Wisconsin Book Festival presents a reading by bestselling author Atul Gawande.
In Being Mortal, Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending.

Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering.

Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession’s ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person''s last weeks or months may be rich and dignified.
 

Event Cost: Free
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Sponsoring Organization(s): Wisconsin Book Festival
Pre-Registration?: No
American Sign Language (ASL) Provided?: No
Event Website: Wisconsin Book Festival