That Good Night

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That Good Night

Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour

Sunita Puri, Soneela Nankani, Sunita Puri

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“A profound exploration of what it means for all of us to live—and to die—with dignity and purpose.” —People
 
“Visceral and lyrical.” —The Atlantic

As the American born daughter of immigrants, Dr. Sunita Puri knew from a young age that the gulf between her parents' experiences and her own was impossible to bridge, save for two elements: medicine and spirituality. Between days spent waiting for her mother, an anesthesiologist, to exit the OR, and evenings spent in conversation with her parents about their faith, Puri witnessed the tension between medicine's impulse to preserve life at all costs and a spiritual embrace of life's temporality. And it was that tension that eventually drew Puri, a passionate but unsatisfied medical student, to palliative medicine--a new specialty attempting to translate the border between medical intervention and quality-of-life care.

Interweaving evocative stories of Puri's family and the patients she cares for, That Good Night is a stunning meditation on impermanence and the role of medicine in helping us to live and die well, arming readers with information that will transform how we communicate with our doctors about what matters most to us.


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Sunita Puri:
SUNITA PURI is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of Southern California. She is the physician lead for Palliative Medicine at the USC-Keck Hospital and Norris Cancer Center, where she serves as attending physician on the Palliative Medicine & Supportive Care Services. She completed her undergraduate studies at Yale University, and received a Rhodes Scholarship to study History of Medicine at Oxford University. She then went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco. She was a finalist for the highly competitive 2015 PEN Center's Emerging Voices Fellowship and was accepted to the 2016 Aspen Words Literary Conference to study memoir with Darin Strauss. She has published essays in The New York Times, Slate, The Journal of the American Medical Association, and JAMA-Internal Medicine. She lives in Los Angeles.


SUNITA PURI is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of Southern California. She is the physician lead for Palliative Medicine at the USC-Keck Hospital and Norris Cancer Center, where she serves as attending physician on the Palliative Medicine & Supportive Care Services. She completed her undergraduate studies at Yale University, and received a Rhodes Scholarship to study History of Medicine at Oxford University. She then went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco. She was a finalist for the highly competitive 2015 PEN Center's Emerging Voices Fellowship and was accepted to the 2016 Aspen Words Literary Conference to study memoir with Darin Strauss. She has published essays in The New York Times, Slate, The Journal of the American Medical Association, and JAMA-Internal Medicine. She lives in Los Angeles.


SUNITA PURI is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of Southern California. She is the physician lead for Palliative Medicine at the USC-Keck Hospital and Norris Cancer Center, where she serves as attending physician on the Palliative Medicine & Supportive Care Services. She completed her undergraduate studies at Yale University, and received a Rhodes Scholarship to study History of Medicine at Oxford University. She then went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco. She was a finalist for the highly competitive 2015 PEN Center's Emerging Voices Fellowship and was accepted to the 2016 Aspen Words Literary Conference to study memoir with Darin Strauss. She has published essays in The New York Times, Slate, The Journal of the American Medical Association, and JAMA-Internal Medicine. She lives in Los Angeles.

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