How We Die by Sherwin B. Nuland
Reflections of Life's Final Chapter, New Edition

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Attempting to demythologize the process of dying, Nuland explores how we shall die, each of us in a way that will be unique. Through particular stories of dying--of patients, and of his own family--he examines the seven most common roads to death: old age, cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer's, accidents, heart disease, and strokes, revealing the facets of death's multiplicity.

"It's impossible to read How We Die without realizing how earnestly we have avoided this most unavoidable of subjects, how we have protected ourselves by building a cultural wall of myths and lies. I don't know of any writer or scientist who has shown us the face of death as clearly, honestly and compassionately as Sherwin Nuland does here."--James Gleick

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About Sherwin B. Nuland

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Sherwin B. Nuland is the author of the best-selling "How We Die," which won the 1994 National Book Award for Nonfiction, "The Mysteries Within: A Surgeon Reflects on Medical Myth," "The Biography of Medicine," & "The Wisdom of the Body," recently published in paperback as "How We Live." He is Clinical Professor of Surgery at Yale University, where he also teaches medical history & bioethics. He lives in Hamden, Connecticut.
Published January 1, 1994 by Random House. 278 pages
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His account of the decline and death of his grandmother--with whom he shared a bedroom until he was in his late teens and she in her late 90s--is unforgettable, as is his story of his well-intentioned mismanagement of the care of his older brother when he was dying of cancer.

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The 1994 NBA nonfiction winner, Yale physician Nuland's study of the clinical, biological and emotional details of dying was a 14-week PW bestseller.

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The Independent

Offering words of 'hope' to the terminally ill - that is, telling lies to them - is the opposite of kindness: 'Unless we are aware that we are dying and so far as possible know the conditions of our death, we cannot share any sort of final consummation with those who love us.' Similarly, offering...

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London Review of Books

No, says Phaedrus, the voice of wisdom: ‘If a man dismisses from his thought the horror and imagination of death, he will have rid himself of a great part of the evil.’ And in any case, in the last stages, when the soul has already separated from the body, ‘nature dulls and stuns all areas of sen...

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