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Tenacity cannot be taught! It is a skill indicative of what a physician must be (having ability to impart life or death in seconds) to wield a knife, put in a central line or even slicing skin on humble, poor and forgotten patients in the grips economic hell. Dr. Sherwin Nuland instructs us in "How We Die" and covers seven diseases in this regard.
Dr. Sherwin Nuland's description of Heart attack as "failure of a Valentine" was literary martini with olive on toothpick. In this book journey he dictates process of observing a friend in the process of dying and using his tools of kindness, compassion and observation for a decent end of life experience.
Death is a natural and inevitable conclusion creeping up on both the healthy and morbidly compromised patients. This book lays bare many end of life "options" and it's ability to impart clement solutions to a five-letter word that causes most anxiety ubiquitously. Buy, absorb and plan---while smiling, living and not in a surgical theatre with no advance directive or help.
 

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I Have read this book,twice over and believe it's a must read.People can learn great things about the way people die,especially if,they are in the medical and/or caring community.

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I read this in 2006, and again recently after losing a loved one. It is written with compassion and allows the reader an understanding of the physiological, emotional and at times mystical journey one takes in the knowledge of and fight against (or sometimes for) death. I enjoyed reading about the physiology involved, and how a Dr with 30 years experience gives insight about his patients and the importance of disclosure when death is imminent, and yet, when his brother had an incurable cancer, he could not bring himself to disclose the inevitable. Very well written with a nice balance of clinical and personal experience. A great book for those looking for an honest account of physical death, and how best to care for loved ones who are living with a terminal illness, and in their final days. 

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Is skipping pages in the scan supposed to happen? There are pages missing from this book...

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