That good night: life and medicine in the eleventh hour
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New York, New York : Viking, [2019].
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xiii, 301 pages ; 24 cm
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"A profound exploration of what it means for all of us to live--and to die--with dignity and purpose." -- People "Visceral and lyrical." --The Atlantic As the American born daughter of immigrants, Dr. Sunita Puri knew from a young age that the gulf between her parents' experiences and her own was impossible to bridge, save for two elements: medicine and spirituality. Between days spent waiting for her mother, an anesthesiologist, to exit the OR, and evenings spent in conversation with her parents about their faith, Puri witnessed the tension between medicine's impulse to preserve life at all costs and a spiritual embrace of life's temporality. And it was that tension that eventually drew Puri, a passionate but unsatisfied medical student, to palliative medicine--a new specialty attempting to translate the border between medical intervention and quality-of-life care. Interweaving evocative stories of Puri's family and the patients she cares for, That Good Night is a stunning meditation on impermanence and the role of medicine in helping us to live and die well, arming readers with information that will transform how we communicate with our doctors about what matters most to us.
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9780735223318 (hardcover) :, 0735223319 (hardcover)

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"A heart-wrenching and provocative memoir about how the essential parts of one young woman's early life--her mother's work as a surgeon and her spiritual practice--led her to become a doctor and to question the premise that medicine exists to prolong life at all costs. Dr. Sunita Puri's parents grew up in urban India, in extreme poverty. Yet they managed not only to reach America, but her mother become a renowned anesthesiologist too. As a young girl, Puri realized that the gulf between her parents' experiences and her own was nearly impossible to bridge, save for two elements: medicine and faith. Puri spent her childhood in nurse's lounges waiting for her mother to exit the OR, and also in deep conversation with her parents about the role of faith in shaping a compassionate life. As a young woman, Puri followed her mother into medicine. But as the years of her training passed, Puri began to question medicine's power. Were patients' lives being saved, or merely prolonged? What did doctors understand when patients use words like "warrior," "survive," "recover"? Eventually, Puri's questions led her to palliative care--a new field, one at work translating the border between medical intervention and quality of life care. By helping patients think through radical medical decisions, Puri balanced the pull of her family's faith and the incessant and sterile push of Western medicine. Written in gorgeous, evocative prose, That Good Night shares Puri's own stories along with her patients' to reveal a nuanced and optimistic portrait of medicine and hospitalization, arming readers with questions that will revolutionize the way we connect with our doctors"--,Provided by publisher.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Puri, S. (2019). That good night: life and medicine in the eleventh hour. New York, New York: Viking.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Puri, Sunita, 1979-. 2019. That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour. New York, New York: Viking.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Puri, Sunita, 1979-, That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour. New York, New York: Viking, 2019.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Puri, Sunita. That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour. New York, New York: Viking, 2019. Print.

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