|Published 11 June 2019.|
Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimaging Life was published on June 11, 2019.
UPDATE: Aronson's book was a finalist for the Pulitzer this year!
My Goodreads Review
Aronson presents 464 pages of observations about the aging process and health care in the US.
Yes, she has a medical degree; however, her outlook on aging comes very much from a humanities standpoint.
Note: Aronson WAS one of the keynote speakers at the 13th Annual MAIA in Evansville, SW Indiana. However, the event was cancelled due to #COVID19
Check back to see if she will be on the program for MAIA 2021.
First, her book is structured like a memoir. She does talk about aging; however, she also includes a lot of autobiographical detail in chronological order.
Second, her book discusses case studies in a way that foregrounds the qualitative elements of the human experience, such as relationships, emotions, values, bias, limited perspective.
By even making this observation about her vocation, Aronson declares her preference for the more philosophical side of medicine.
Third, her book brings in a lot of material from non-medical sources. She quotes from works of literature, philosophy, psychology and sociology.
For example, this is how she frames the way physicians choose a specialty:
"How doctors choose to spend their careers may depend in part on their tolerance for ambiguity and complexity, and their interest in questions that lend themselves as much to philosophy, psychology, and sociology as to science and statistics." (p. 159)