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Best-selling author, surgeon and 2014 Reith lecturer Atul Gawande talks to Chrissie Giles about his acclaimed book Being Mortal, and the wider topics of living and dying better.

Recorded in November 2014 in Wellcome Collection, this interview - available as a 10-minute film or 19-minute audio - explores how doctors can learn to be more empathetic communicators, especially when breaking bad news; the challenge of writing about personal experiences; and why we all need to be talking about ageing and dying more.

Extended audio interview

If you'd like to hear more, you can listen to the extended 19-minute audio, which includes extra material on how doctors can use writing to improve their practice, and what changes are needed in palliative and end-of-life care.

Read the related Mosaic story 'Breaking bad news' here.

Being Mortal is published by Profile Books in partnership with Wellcome Collection. 

Wellcome Collection is part of the Wellcome Trust, which publishes Mosaic.

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