Thanks to WHRO-TV15 for the following response to my inquiries. —Gerry
Thank you for your email concerning Frontline: Being Mortal.
This program aired on WHRO-TV15.1 on February 10, 2015, 10pm and on WHRO-World15.2 in February & April 2015. It can be viewed at:
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REVIEW OF COMMENT:
I watched this one hour program, featuring the author, Dr. Atul Gawande, on my iPad, using the link at bottom of this post. I hope it will unfold for you, and please understand that the discussion is tough, sensitive, factual and very professional. I've already sent many of you comments by critics on "Being Mortal," the book.This program on Frontline shows the author, Dr. Gawande, as he works with real people and writes the key sections of the book. One interviewee is his own father, also a medical doctor, who faces issues of the end of his life.
Please be aware that Eastern Virginia Medical School's "EVMS Magazine" features the subject — end of life — this month: February 2016. I thanked them and mentioned "Being Mortal," which was not included in the EVMS magazine's coverage.
As more doctors are recognizing every day, "What matters in the end" is best given definition by patients' very own comments before crunch time comes. "Being Mortal," the book, and this program on Frontline are quite faithful to the more enlightened, patient-centered views on death and dying.
How many of us know details of what palliative care is all about? Do many of us understand Hospice care as a viable option? I believe many folks will, once they/we have the facts and an enlightened perspective on how these treatments and services unfold.
But we, the public need education and information. "Being Mortal," plus the FRONTLINE presentation, has gotten high marks from all persons I know who have read or viewed it - and that includes both laypeople and medical professionals. One physician wrote, "I recommend the book, 'Being Mortal,' to all of my friends and patients." An oncologist wrote: "Powerful!" Remember, the FRONTLINE presentation can be viewed at: