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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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.

— The Christian Century

...a serious, useful and important book

— Wall Street Journal

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