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Being Mortal. FRONTLINE Documentary

....follows renowned New Yorker writer and Boston surgeon Atul Gawande as he explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life

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FRONTLINE follows renowned New Yorker writer and Boston surgeon Atul Gawande as he explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life. In conjunction with Gawande’s new book, Being Mortal, the film investigates the practice of caring for the dying, and shows how doctors — himself included — are often remarkably untrained, ill-suited and uncomfortable talking about chronic illness and death with their patients.


Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul 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.

Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.

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Book Description

From Atul Gawande, a book that has the potential to change medicine – and lives.

Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, injury, and disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should.

Through eye-opening research and gripping stories of his own patients and family, Gawande reveals the suffering this dynamic has produced. Nursing homes, devoted above all to safety, battle with residents over the food they are allowed to eat and the choices they are allowed to make. Doctors, uncomfortable discussing patients’ anxieties about death, fall back on false hopes and treatments that are actually shortening lives instead of improving them. And families go along with all of it.

In his bestselling books, Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon, has fearlessly revealed the struggles of his profession. Now he examines its ultimate limitations and failures – in his own practices as well as others’ – as life draws to a close. And he discovers how we can do better. He follows a hospice nurse on her rounds, a geriatrician in his clinic, and reformers turning nursing homes upside down. He finds people who show us how to have the hard conversations and how to ensure we never sacrifice what people really care about.

Riveting, honest, and humane, Being Mortal shows that the ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life – all the way to the very end.


“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

“We have come to medicalize aging, frailty, and death, treating them as if they were just one more clinical problem to overcome. However, it is not only medicine that is needed in one’s declining years but life – a life with meaning, a life as rich and full as possible under the circumstances. Being Mortal is not only wise and deeply moving, it is an essential and insightful book for our times, as one would expect from Atul Gawande, one of our finest physician writers.” – Oliver Sacks

“American medicine, Being Mortal reminds us, has prepared itself for life but not for death. This is Atul Gawande’s most powerful – and moving – book.” – Malcolm Gladwell

Svi ćemo se jednog dana suočiti sa smrti. Zašto je onda liječnicima tako teško razgovarati s pacijentima o umiranju? Kako liječnici mogu pomoći ljudima da bolje prožive posljednje dane života, s pouzdanjem, jasnim smjerom i osjećajem svrhe?

Ugledni kirurg i suradnik časopisa New Yorker Atul Gawande istražio je ta pitanja u svom bestseleru Prihvaćanje smrtnosti. Sada je Gawande u suradnji s autorima emisije Frontline s kanala PBS snimio dokumentarni film koji nam prikazuje njegovo osobno iskustvo - kao i priče o njegovim pacijentima i njihovim obiteljima - te nas sve poziva da se zapitamo kako mi razmišljamo o smrti i umiranju.

Film sniman tri godine istražuje odnose između liječnika i pacijenata kojima se bliži kraj i pokazuje kako je mnogim liječnicima, uključujući Gawandea, teško razgovarati iskreno i otvoreno s umirućim pacijentima. Film nas vodi od rodnog mjesta Gawandeova oca u Indiji, čije je dugotrajno umiranje potaknulo Gawandea da istraži temu skrbi o umirućim pacijentima, pa sve do postelja bolesnika u Bostonu koji se pokušavaju pomiriti s krajem života. Riječ je o intimnom iskustvu koje nam mnogo otkriva i relevantno je za sve nas.

Film je režirao Tom Jennings, koji je već surađivao s Gawandeom na dokumentarcu Dr. Hotspot 2011. godine. Ovaj film također proučava sve razvijenije umijeće i znanost palijativne skrbi te način na koji pitanje "Koji su vaši priroriteti ako vam je vrijeme ograničeno?" može potaknuti pacijente da što bolje iskoriste preostale dane.

Film prikazuje kako bolesnici, njihove obitelji i liječnici doživljavaju posljednje trenutke života te potiče raspravu o tome kako možemo maksimalno iskoristiti život.

Naposljetku, krajnji cilj nije dobra smrt nego kvalitetan život - sve do kraja.

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