Literature Live! launches ‘Being Mortal’, a book by award winning author Atul Gawande

Literature Live! launches ‘Being Mortal’, a book by award winning author Atul Gawande

Online PR News – 15-December-2014 – mumbai/maharashtra – ‘Being Mortal’: Medicine and What Matters in the End – a book written by Atul Gawande launched here today by Literature Live! and Penguin Books India in association with Sofitel Luxury Hotels at Sofitel Mumbai, Bandra Kurla Complex.

After the launch, the author Atul Gawande and Anil Dharker, Columnist and Founder of Literature Live! had a conversation for the benefit of the audience to throw more light into the writing of the book.

“I have seen a lot of suffering in my medical profession and thought of ways to ease the suffering of the people during their last days,” said Gawande as an answer to Dharker’s question.

Atul Gawande got into writing after one of his friends launched an internet magazine in 1996. “Initially, I was lacking clarity in writing but later on improved it by working on it,” Gawande added.

“I literally wept after reading your description about your father’s last days in the book and his responses to his relatives’ questions,” said Anil Dharker during his conversation with the author.

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.

The author Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, is a surgeon, writer, and public health researcher. He practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is professor in both the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Department of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is Executive Director of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation, and Chairman of Lifebox, a nonprofit organization making surgery safer globally.

Atul has been a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine since 1998 and has written three New York Times bestsellers: Complications, a finalist for the National Book Award in 2002; Better, one of the 10 best books of 2007 by; and The Checklist Manifesto. He has won two National Magazine Awards, Academy - Health’s Impact Award for highest research impact on healthcare, a MacArthur Fellowship, and the Lewis Thomas Award for writing about science. His latest book is Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.

The book Being Mortal, has been distributed in the hospitals across Mumbai. Other than the celebrities and prominent personalities, a lot of doctors who read and heard about Atul Gawande also attended the book launch in large numbers.

Many of them asked the opinion of the author as to disclosure of the seriousness of the illness to the patient that too when the chances for survival is less.

The author answered the quires of the audience as to how to deal with terribly ill, dying patients and also with convicts who sentenced for death penalty etc.

Founded by Anil Dharker, Literature Live! is dedicated to celebrating the written word in all its glorious forms. From book launches, thought-provoking talks, literary evenings and author interactions to performances, book swaps, fiction and haiku contests, it offers Mumbai a chance to participate in the many joys of literature.