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Virtual - WLA Book Club
Sunday, November 21, 2021, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM PST
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LACPA’s Fall Book Club Selection:

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

By Atul Gawande

Book Summary:


Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End is physician Atul Gawande’s poignant reflection on his professional experience, research, and life lessons on aging, death, and dying. His discussion focuses on the development of the United States healthcare system and the treatment of older adults as impacted by increased longevity and advanced medical interventions.  He also presents a history and the socio-economic implications of assisted living, skilled nursing, and hospice care programs.  While he primarily discusses the U.S. healthcare system, he also presents alternative cultures and systems. Gawande believes that “the end matters” and he encourages readers to live life to the fullest until the very end. 


Dr. Gawande has written four bestselling and highly regarded book about medical issues.  He is also a surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, a staff writer for The New Yorker, and a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. He has won the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science, a MacArthur Fellowship, and two National Magazine Awards.


On Amazon this book was rated by 15,570 people: 85% gave the book 5 stars and an additional 10% gave it 4 stars.


Acknowledgments and a sample of reviews on Amazon:


Named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington PostThe New York Times Book Review, NPR, and Chicago Tribune

“Beautifully crafted . . . Being Mortal is a clear-eyed, informative exploration of what growing old means in the 21st century . . . a book I cannot recommend highly enough. This should be mandatory reading for every American. . . . it provides a useful roadmap of what we can and should be doing to make the last years of life meaningful.” ―Time.com

Being Mortal, Atul Gawande's masterful exploration of aging, death, and the medical profession's mishandling of both, is his best and most personal book yet.” ―Boston Globe

“Masterful . . . Essential . . . For more than a decade, Atul Gawande has explored the fault lines of medicine . . . combining his years of experience as a surgeon with his gift for fluid, seemingly effortless storytelling . . . In Being Mortal, he turns his attention to his most important subject yet.” ―Chicago Tribune

“Wise and deeply moving.” ―Oliver Sacks

All Fall Book Club Meetings will be held via Zoom.  

 Please contact the Book Club facilitator to RSVP so a Zoom Invitation can be sent to you

West Los Angeles

Sunday, November 21st at 3:00 PM

Hosted by Dr. Lauren Wecker 

[email protected]

(310) 383-1505


  Join us for great discussions with fellow LACPA members!

Contact: Dr. Lauren Wecker [email protected] or (310) 383-1505