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Being Mortal - Medicine and What Matters in the End
Course Code: HM4015

Textbook: Being Mortal
Author(s): Atul Gawande

Pre-approved for: ACM, CA BRN, CNLCP, CRC, Delaware BON, Florida BON, RNs, RRP

Hours: 12

Test and Textbook: $122.00
Test Only: $96.00

“Beautifully written . . . In his newest and best book, Gawande . . . has provided us with a moving and clear-eyed look at aging and death in our society, and at the harms we do in turning it into a medical problem, rather than a human one.” ―The New York Review of Books
“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
Course Objectives:
  1. Review how the process of aging, frailty and dying unfolds and explain how people experience the end of their lives.

  2. Discuss clinician's ultimate limitations, failures and successes in their efforts to deal with patients as their life draws to a close.

  3. Explain how an elderly person's ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life - all the way to the very end.

  4. Discuss the transformation of nursing homes from "total institutions" which emphasizes only "safety" to a semblance of home that creates a life of worth and freedom for the residents.

Course Overview:
  1. Introduction

  2. The Independent Self

  3. Dependence

  4. Assistance

  5. A Better Life

  6. Letting Go

  7. Hard Conversations

  8. Courage

  9. Epilogue


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