November #BWELLREAD with Megan Pringle

November 15, 2019 | By Baltimore County Public Library

WBAL-TV news anchor and television reporter Megan Pringle selected “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End" by Atul Gawande as her #BWELLREAD selection for November.

About Megan’s Choice

Photo of Megan Pringle.

In the book, Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession—how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending.

Medicine has triumphed in modern times by transforming birth, injury and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit.

Nursing homes preoccupied with safety pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors committed to extending life continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering.

Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation by 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.

Find “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End" and other similar reads in our collection

Share Your Thoughts

Have you read this book? What book inspires you? Connect with the reporters or anchors on social media by posting your thoughts on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tagging Megan along with #BWELLREAD. Megan is @MeganWBAL on Twitter, @MeganPringle on Facebook and @meganpringlewbal on Instagram. Don’t forget to make your post public so we can see it!

Win an Amazon Gift Card

Library cardholders and WBAL-TV viewers are encouraged to read the monthly book recommendations, or a similar book known as a "read-alike" and post a photo of their selection for the month on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram along with #BWELLREAD. Two posts are chosen each month and winners will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. 

The #BWELLREAD Challenge

Award-winning NBC-affiliate WBAL-TV and Baltimore County Public Library have partnered to promote literacy in 2019 with the #BWELLREAD reading challenge. Each month, the station’s on-air personalities recommend a book they have enjoyed reading from the library’s collection and encourage viewers to stop by a library branch and pick up a book for themselves from a variety of genres.

The WBAL team member’s selection, along with a series of read-alikes recommended by the library’s Collection Development Department, are displayed at our 19 branches throughout the County.

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