Gawande

Please take a few moments to read Dr. Atul Gawande’s article in the August 2nd issue of The New Yorker. We are providing a link here:

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/08/02/100802fa_fact_gawande?printable=true

Gawande (born on November 5, 1965 in Brooklyn, NY) is a physician and journalist. He serves as a general and endocrine surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts and associate director of their Center for Surgery and Public Health. He is also an associate professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School. He has written extensively on medicine and public health for The New Yorker and Slate, pieces which have been collected in his books Complications and Better.

The article above is entitled “Letting Go: What to do when medicine can’t save your life.” In the article, Dr. Gawande uses his skills as a writer and physician to share some of the complexity involved in providing care in situations where there may not be a lot of options. While you may or may not agree with his suggestions, he is honest in sharing his experience in a respectful way. It is a long article and should provide information for a personal or family conversation about an important aspect of our lives.

Thanks,

Rob

One Response to “Gawande”

  1. Celia Whitten says:

    I found this article the other day and enjoyed reading it (as I always do with Dr. Gawande’s books and articles).

    I was especially impressed with his sincerity about not always saying the right thing with his patients and being uncomfortable with having those tough conversations. I’m hoping that physicians are getting better training these days about how to initiate conversations with their patients and really listen.

    With our planned expansion of the Hospice house, I think the statistics on hospice care are particularly enlightening. Maybe some of those statistics will be useful as we show others in the community (who aren’t familiar with our Hospice program) the value of that kind of care.

    Thanks, Rob, for recommending the article. I have already been doing that, too.