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Virtual Event – Sunita Puri
April 28, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Hospice of Green Country and Magic City Books are proud to welcome Sunita Puri for a virtual event in celebration of her book, That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour.
Sunita Puri is an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of Southern California, and medical director of palliative medicine at the Keck Hospital and Norris Cancer Center. Her book, That Good Night, received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, and Booklist.
“Rich with piercing insights about life and death in modern medicine, Dr. Sunita Puri’s memoir braids together beautifully written narratives of her patients with her quest to understand her place in her family and her path as a doctor.”
–Ira Byock, MD, author of Dying Well and The Best Care Possible
This free event will be hosted on the Zoom platform. To register in advance visit: https://magiccitybooks.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_T1-nGbbxTU6n4DPGAAV6xA.
After registering you will receive a confirmation email about how to join the event on Wednesday, April 28 at 7:00 CT.
That Good Night is available at Magic City Books in downtown Tulsa or you can order by phone, 918-602-4452, or online here: https://magiccitybooks.square.site/product/that-good-night-life-and-medicine-in-the-eleventh-hour/435.
About That Good Night
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.
Sunita Puri is an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of Southern California, and medical director of palliative medicine at the Keck Hospital and Norris Cancer Center. 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.
“Visceral and lyrical . . . In a high-tech world, [Puri’s] specialty is not cures, but questions–about pain, about fraught prospects, about what ‘miracle’ might really mean. Her tool is language, verbal and physical. Wielding carefully measured words, can she guide but not presume to dictate? Heeding the body’s signals, not just beeping monitors, can she distinguish between a fixable malady and impending death? Puri the doctor knows that masterful control isn’t the point. For Puri the writer, her prose proves that it is.”
“A beautiful, lyrical narrative that provides great insight on living more fully.”
“Honest and brutal, Sunita Puri’s book is also beautiful and deeply reassuring. . . . [ That Good Night] will change how you see mortality and end-of-life decisions, and how you discuss these subjects with loved ones.”
—Spirituality & Health
“Puri writes about how palliative care specialists are working to change medicine from within–teaching other doctors how to talk to patients about their hopes and fears, not just their disease and treatment. Palliative care, she says, gives doctors, patients and their families a new vocabulary with which to talk about the way life’s goals can shift when you have a serious illness and how to plan for a good final chapter.”