Saturday, August 15, 2015
The Theft of Memory - Jonathan Kozol
The book left me with some important impressions - the importance of discussing with your loved ones about what their wishes are as they age, what would be acceptable for them, what they would want if they were unable to make choices for themselves, that discussing a dnr (do not resusitate) order with next of kin is not about doctors wanting to save money or be lazy - but is about letting nature take its course and allowing a patient (especially a frail elderly patient with a limited quality of life) a natural death rather than violently doing cpr and other interventions that may just prolong the process.
I would certainly recommend that if you read this book, make sure you read Atul Gawandes fabulous book Being Mortal. 4/5