Surgeon Discusses Problems of ‘Medicalized’ Mortality in the US

(Medical Xpress) – Author and surgeon Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, described how witnessing the untimely and inevitable passing of patients, friends and his father revealed to him the shortcomings of the American medical system’s and society’s approach to dying. “I learned about a lot of things in medical school, but mortality wasn’t one of them,” he said, addressing an overflow crowd March 2 in Berg Hall, at the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge.

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