We are People, Not Patients:  A Review of Atul Gawande’s Film Being Mortal

You can watch Being Mortal here  Atul Gawande’s film Being Mortal (Frontline, PBS) examines the limitations of contemporary Western medicine, specifically the lack of training and comfort most physicians have with the most challenging discussions they must have – the discussions about end of life, about prognoses, about how to die. As with his book of the same title, this documentary highlights the paucity of education most doctors receive regarding this essential component of patient care.  Gawande, a successful surgeon, researcher, and writer, courageously admits his lack of experience in this arena.  And the camera follows him as he attempts … Continue reading We are People, Not Patients:  A Review of Atul Gawande’s Film Being Mortal