With Complications, Better, and The Checklist Manifesto, Atul Gawande has emerged in recent years as the “conscience” of our health care system—he’s a doctor and teacher with a deep well of humanity who seeks to clarify and demystify the medical and health care practices, protocols, and policies that so dominate and define our lives and, it turns out, our deaths. Being Mortal (Metropolitan, $26) explores an area of medicine overlooked in most medical schools, ignored by most policy makers, but one that is of growing importance as more Americans live longer lives. Gawande has a keen intellect and a writer’s touch (he writes frequently for The New Yorker) and his book is profound, courageous, and compelling. An important window into what the end of life can—and should—be.
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Published: Metropolitan Books - October 7th, 2014

In this adrenaline-fueled look at physical limits and how we can learn from, if not always transcend them, Fong, an anesthesiologist and intensive-care physician, recreates some of the worst accidents to have befallen mortals. He is clear, precise, and compelling about every physiological process he presents, whether it’s the normal functioning of the lungs or the grievous bodily effects of altitude, cold, the anti-gravity of space, or ordinary aging. Even when the going gets a little grisly, it’s impossible to look away from this series of miraculous survivals and innovative medical interventions. Fong’s accounts often start with the daring explorations of mountain climbers or deep-sea divers—he is himself something of an adventurer—highlighting how clinical progress is rooted in, and pushed by, real lives and events.

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Published: Penguin Press - February 6th, 2014

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Published: Penguin Books - March 31st, 2015

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Sheri Fink tells the harrowing tale of a New Orleans hospital during Hurricane Katrina in Five Days at Memorial (Crown, $27). Drawing on meticulous research and six years of reporting, Fink explores the ethical and moral dilemmas caregivers faced during the hurricane, and she gets to the bottom of the criminal charges brought against the hospital’s staff for the deaths and euthanization of forty-five patients. From scenes of babies being airlifted to safety to health care professionals administering fatal injections, Fink’s account is a truly disturbing cautionary tale, one that opens a much-needed conversation about America’s large-scale disaster preparedness and how we can move forward.

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Published: Crown - September 10th, 2013

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Published: Broadway Books - January 26th, 2016

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