Atul Gawande is a surgeon (at Brigham & Women’s Hospital), author (of four books), staff writer (at the New Yorker) and now is partnering with PBS on a new film, “Being Mortal,” about the end of life and based on his own book by the same title – it aired last night.
Frontline’s website includes documentary shorts and the opportunity for viewers and readers to engage in the conversation on social media (#whatmattersmost) about topics including how we respond to the knowledge we will die (“If you knew you were dying, what would you do with the time you had left?”) and how we discuss death with our doctors.
Mike Hale reviews the film in The New York Times:
There are no mysteries to solve or battles to win, just habits to overcome. Scene after scene is poignant and agonizing, and it’s the patients, finally, who are blunt about their situations.
Sarah Kliff, in a piece on Vox.com, says the documentary offers “surprising solace.”
An interview with Gawande on PRI.
Boston Globe story on Gawande’s book and perspectives on dying
Gawande’s 2010 New Yorker story, “Letting Go”
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