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Critical Praise

“Beautifully crafted.... BEING MORTAL is a clear-eyed, informative exploration of what growing old means in the 21st century.... This should be mandatory reading for every American.” 


“Atul Gawande’s masterful exploration of aging, death and the medical profession’s mishandling of both, is his best and most personal book yet.”

—The Boston Globe

“A needed call to action, a cautionary tale of what can go wrong...when a society fails to engage in a sustained discussion about aging and dying.”

—San Francisco Chronicle

“Masterful.... Essential.... For more than a decade, Atul Gawande has explored the fault lines of medicine.... In BEING MORTAL, he turns his attention to his most important subject yet.”

—Chicago Tribune

“American medicine, BEING MORTAL reminds us, has prepared itself for life but not for death. This is Atul Gawande’s most powerful --- and moving --- book.”

—Malcolm Gladwell