Atul Gawande in one of my most favorite medical writers. His recent book – “Being Mortal” is very close to me. Atul describes the history of his fathers’ cancer. The whole story is shown on the background on what modern medicine can do and can’t do. In a way it repeats the story of my father – also struggling with cancer. Eventually it replays history of many of us with parent or relative fighting with the disease. Also it shows both sides of the story – the side of the patient, and physician alike. I do not want to say anything more – just great book. A must read for all of those who practice medicine, but also for those who have to cope with cancer in any form.
“In the end, people don’t view their life as merely the average of all its moments—which, after all, is mostly nothing much plus some sleep. For human beings, life is meaningful because it is a story. A story has a sense of a whole, and its arc is determined by the significant moments, the ones where something happens. Measurements of people’s minute-by-minute levels of pleasure and pain miss this fundamental aspect of human existence. A seemingly happy life maybe empty. A seemingly difficult life may be devoted to a great cause. We have purposes larger than ourselves.”
― Atul Gawande, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End