A memoir about how the essential parts of one young woman's early life — her mother's work as an anesthesiologist and her spiritual practice — led her to become a doctor and to question the premise that medicine exists to prolong life at all costs. Were patients' lives being saved, or merely prolonged? What did doctors understand when patients use words like "warrior," "survive," "recover"? Eventually, Puri's questions led her to palliative care — a new field, one at work translating the border between medical intervention and quality of life care. That Good Night shares Puri's own stories along with her patients' to reveal a nuanced and optimistic portrait of medicine and hospitalization.
Palliative care is a growing specialty that provides comfort care and that teaches patients and doctors how to talk about patients' goals for life with serious disease â and how to prepare for a good ending.