For most of human history death was a common ever-present possibility. It didn’t matter whether you were five or fifty – every day was a roll of the dice. But now as medical advances push the boundaries of survival further each year we have become increasingly detached from the reality of being mortal. So here is a book about the modern experience of mortality – about what it’s like to get old and die how medicine has changed this and how it hasn’t where our ideas about death have gone wrong. With his trademark mix of perceptiveness and sensitivity Atul Gawande outlines a story that crosses the globe as he examines his experiences as a surgeon and those of his patients and family and learns to accept the limits of what he can do. Never before has aging been such an important topic. The systems that we have put in place to manage our mortality are manifestly failing but as Gawande reveals it doesn’t have to be this way. The ultimate goal after all is not a good death but a good life – all the way to the very end. Published in partnership with the Wellcome Collection a free visitor destination that explores the connections between medicine life and art.