In addition to the editors, the contributors are Lisa Alecxih, David Kennell, and John Corea, Lewin-VHI; Brian Burwell and William Crown, SysteMetrics; Terry Coughlin, Korbin Liu, and Sharon Long, Urban Institute; Judith Kasper, Johns Hopkins University; Kenneth Manton and P.J. Eric Stallard, Duke University; Jennifer Schore, Mathematica Policy Research; Catherine Sullivan, Brookings; and Bruce Vladeck, Health Care Financing Administration.
Dialogues on Public Policy
Joshua M. Wiener is a senior fellow in the Economic Studies program at Brookings. He is the coauthor of Sharing the Burden: Strategies for Public and Private Long-Term Care Insurance (Brookings, 1994) and Caring for the Disabled Elderly: Who Will Pay? (Brookings, 1988).
Steven Clauser is director of the Office of Research at the Health Care Financing Administration. David L. Kennell is a vice president of Lewin-VHI, Inc.
Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person's last weeks or months may be rich and dignified.
Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.