As revelatory as Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal, physician and award-winning author Louise Aronson’s Elderhood is an essential, empathetic look at a vital but little respected stage of life.

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A History of the Present Illness takes readers into overlooked lives in the neighborhoods, hospitals, and nursing homes of San Francisco, offering a deeply humane and incisive portrait of health and illness in America today.

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I loved reading this book and recommend it to all health professionals, policy makers, service providers, and researchers involved in the aging enterprise; anyone who has an aging relative; and all of us who are growing older every day. The book is beautifully written and inspirational.

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Louise Aronson pushes us to think differently ... I found this book provocative in the best sense of the word. It has stayed with me and pulled me back into multiple readings... There’s not much more I could ask of a book.

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