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“He was not of an age, but for all time.” – Ben Jonson
In Being Mortal, Atul Gawande draws on his experiences as a surgeon to look at the choices people and their families make as they face a debilitating illness and death. He tells stories about patients and caregivers, their choices and the effects of those choices. He also discusses the history and merits of hospice, nursing homes and assisted living, focusing on ideas that have improved life for the elderly.
In 2013, a man named Kevin Carey decided to take a class in genetics through the distinguished Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As Carey explains, “I did not fill out a college application or financial aid form or write a personal essay explaining why my life-altering experience founding a shelter for homeless marmots made me uniquely qualified to attend MIT. Nor did I pay MIT any tuition, which runs over $42,000 per year, plus another $15,000 for books, fees, and room and board.