How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter

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Random House Large Print, 1994 - Health & Fitness - 450 pages
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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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User Review  - Laura400 - LibraryThing

This is an excellent, compassionate and helpful book. It was a bit hard to take at times in the beginning: it is unsparing in making its readers confront our greatest fear. But in the end the clinical ... Read full review

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User Review  - Peggy - Goodreads

This book is a must read for anyone over 60 and perhaps many under as well. Dr. Nuland states in his intro: "I have not often seen much dignity in the process by which we die" - this after 30+ years ... Read full review

About the author (1994)

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.

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