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Gawande begins “Letting Go” with the story of Sara Thomas Monopoli, 39 weeks pregnant with her first child “when her doctors learned that. I want to draw people’s attention to a fantastic new piece in the New Yorker by Atul Gawande titled, “Letting Go: What should medicine do when. THE NEW YORKER. ANNALS OF MEDICINE. LETTING GO. What should medicine do uhen it can’t suve pour life? by Atul Gawande. AUGUST *. >> wait.

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Letting Go: What Should Medicine Do When It Can’t Save Your Life?

Write a customer review. See Journal of the American Geriatric Society One thing that struck me was how young patients were. Market purists blame the existence of insurance: They are usually in enough pain that they need pain management as well as counseling gawands help them decide what options they want to pursue if it turns out that they are dying—and to help them face that possibility. I do agree that, when it comes to end-of-life issues, I tend to focus on the individual rather than the larger cost to society.


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“Letting Go” – The New Yorker’s Atul Gawande, on giving up life to live –

Meet the Team Meet the experts who answer your questions at Ask a Professional. When you have a patient like Sara Monopoli, the last thing you atuo to do is grapple with the truth.

Gawande ends his story with great humility, describing the scene, last winter, when he tried to tell a patient suffering from colon cancer that she was dying.

From personal experience with friends and family? A Compilation of Barbara Karnes Booklets. I also lettng the Gawande article.

If the evidence he points to is true, then increasing access to palliative care improves outcomes while decreasing costs.

“Letting Go” – The New Yorker’s Atul Gawande, on giving up life to live

Wish I could say the writer left me feeling more confident, she did not. I could have interpreted that from my on feelings.

At this moment in your life, the form asked: Many doctors and hospitals fear that they will lose gawandde. Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Feet aren’t ugly A remarkable story of how one hospice volunteer connects with patients and families through their feet. Word— Yes, expanding palliative care does seem like a no brainer—from the point of view of the patient.


Two-thirds enrolled in hospice. As for fiscal trends that are unaffordable—they have continued for a very long time—and may well continue, taking the country down with them.

At Gundersen, Linda Briggs, assoc. Gawande notes that when we debate end-of-life care in our society, we wind up focusing on the leetting, and ignore the issues that cut much further into our national culture and psyche: Or you may simply change your mind.

All this is just another way in which our love affair with high tech medicine has prevented us from offering better and more appropriate care and harmed patients as well as the economy. Ye t when the spending begins, no one knows which patients will survive.

Atul Gawande: “Letting Go: What Should Medicine Do When It Can’t Save Your Life?”

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These discussions are especially important at certain critical times, such as when people are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, a chronic condition worsens, or elderly people become more frail, Briggs says.