Make no mistake, aging in America is warfare. Families suffer, lives are lost prematurely, and incomes are under siege. - Sharon Sebastian, AuthorThere is no stronger credential than being in the trenches on the front lines. As an adult-child with an ailing parent, Sharon Sebastian entered the world of medicine and elder care. What was revealed was not just shocking, but inhumane and too often lethal. Sebastian uncovered what every family, including our veterans, needs to know to help protect their loved ones and themselves. Amid the burgeoning demand and lack of planning for elder care in America, Sebastian embedded herself for years in the elder care system from hospitals to nursing homes. It was clear that the story had to be told and lives protected.As a guerrilla journalist, her research brings to public awareness a system that is increasingly overwhelmed by record numbers of patients, plagued by diminished medical care, ensnarled in legal cul-de-sacs, bankruptcies, crass dishonesty and government malfeasance. Sebastian has witnessed it, researched it, and is now sharing it as she openly warns about the perils of aging in her fight for the rights and protections for all Americans. Coupled with the insight from experts from various fields, Sebastian gives insider knowledge on how families may remain both sane and solvent. It is in response to the appeals of those voices, the voices of the patients and their families that insist that "the truth must be told," that Sebastian wrote the book, AGING: WARNING - Navigating Life's Medical, Mental & Financial Minefields. There is no substitute for personal experience coupled with first-hand investigations as source material to give vital insight to families who "need to know." Sharon Sebastian, author of "AGING: WARNING - Navigating Life's Medical, Mental & Financial Minefields, is a columnist, commentator and contributor in print and on nationwide broadcasts on topics ranging from healthcare, culture, religion, and politics to domestic and global policy. A published author and degreed in Journalism, Sebastian's work spans both print and broadcast media.
The struggle to perform well is universal: each one of us faces fatigue, limited resources, and imperfect abilities in whatever we do. But nowhere is this drive to do better more important than in medicine, where lives are on the line with every decision. In his new book, Atul Gawande explores how doctors strive to close the gap between best intentions and best performance in the face of obstacles that sometimes seem insurmountable.
Gawande's gripping stories of diligence, ingenuity, and what it means to do right by people take us to battlefield surgical tents in Iraq, to labor and delivery rooms in Boston, to a polio outbreak in India, and to malpractice courtrooms around the country. He discusses the ethical dilemmas of doctors' participation in lethal injections, examines the influence of money on modern medicine, and recounts the astoundingly contentious history of hand washing. And as in all his writing, Gawande gives us an inside look at his own life as a practicing surgeon, offering a searingly honest firsthand account of work in a field where mistakes are both unavoidable and unthinkable.
At once unflinching and compassionate, Better is an exhilarating journey narrated by "arguably the best nonfiction doctor-writer around" (Salon). Gawande's investigation into medical professionals and how they progress from merely good to great provides rare insight into the elements of success, illuminating every area of human endeavor.