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Required Reading: Being Mortal

Stria Staff June 2, 2019

The book was recommended by two expert contributors to Stria. Award-winning activist, author and thought-leader Ai-Jen Poo (read her Q&A with Stria) as well as Scott Lien, CEO of GrandPad (read his essay for Stria).

“As important as longevity is the ability to ‘be the author of your own story.’ It’s important to get the right balance between longevity and humanity.”

Ai-Jen Poo

“‘Being Mortal’  is personal and moving meditation on how each of us can better live with age-related frailty, serious illness and approaching death. I always recommend it to all of our new hires and it’s often a book I gift.”

Scott Lien

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
By Atul Gawande

In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit.

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