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How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter

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ISBN13: 9780679742449
ISBN10: 0679742441
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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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"Eloquent and uncommonly moving… Nuland writes with unsentimental passion." Time

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"Engrossing….We are in the hands of a remarkable portraitist whose cultivated thought…quietly and informatively instructs and advises us on a subject of universal concern." The New York Times Book Review

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"Nuland's work acknowledges, with unmatched clarity, the harsh realities of how life departs….There is compassion, and often wisdom, in every page." San Francisco Examiner

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"Nuland combines the clinical eye of a physician with…emotional and philosophical reflectiveness." Newsday

Synopsis:

In an age when death occurs in sterile seclusion and is cloaked in euphemism and taboo, How We Die is a vital revelation. Clearly, frankly, yet compassionately, it tells us how most of us are likely to die — and in doing so, suggests how we may live more fully and meaningfully. Written by a distinguished surgeon, How We Die succeeds in restoring death to its ancient place in human existence.

Synopsis:

New Edition: With a new chapter addressing contemporary issues in end-of-life care

A runaway bestseller and National Book Award winner, Sherwin Nuland's How We Die has become the definitive text on perhaps the single most universal human concern: death. This new edition includes an all-embracing and incisive afterword that examines the current state of health care and our relationship with life as it approaches its terminus. It also discusses how we can take control of our own final days and those of our loved ones.

Shewin Nuland's masterful How We Die is even more relevant than when it was first published.

About the Author

Sherwin B. Nuland, MD, was Clinical Professor of Surgery at Yale University until his retirement in 2009, though he continues to teach Biomedical Ethics and Medical History to Yale undergraduates, and serve the university in various capacities.  He won the National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Book Critics Circle Award when this book was initially published.  In hardcover and paperback, How We Die was on the New York Times bestseller list for a total of thirty-four weeks, and has been translated into twenty-nine languages.  Dr. Nuland and his family live in Connecticut.

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Arizona reader, March 12, 2014 (view all comments by Arizona reader)
We are reading this book for our book club. A former member died recently, two others died a few years ago and another has a terminal condition. We hope to stimulate a discussion of end of life issues. I believe the author of the book died recently.
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Tim Cook, April 25, 2009 (view all comments by Tim Cook)
I read this book for the Death and Dying class I teach. It is a very touching, practical, and accessible into what happens to people dying of heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's, and other common ailments. I particularly liked the weaving of personal stories into the scientific explanations. This is a good read for anyone who fears the dying process and wants to learn more about it.
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mrg0888, September 18, 2008 (view all comments by mrg0888)
When I found out that my 80 year old grandmother had advanced cancer and was choosing not to treat it... I found myself suddenly afraid for her because I was uncomfortable with the fact that I didn't know what would happen to her at the end. I didn't know anyone with cancer who chose not to remove it or treat it with chemo.

I bought this book because it gave me exactly what I wanted to know and didn't try to beat around the bush about the bodily processes that happen when we die.

At first I was only interested in finding out about cancer, but I found myself reading the book from cover to cover.

It is so wonderful to find someone who is willing to give the facts on this subject! It gave me great comfort because I knew what was coming and didn't have to fear the unknown... When my grandmother's disease progressed, I was ready. She passed on 09/02/2008.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679742449
Subtitle:
Reflections on Life's Final Chapter
Author:
Nuland, Sherwin B.
Author:
Dr. Sherwin B. Nuland
Author:
Nuland, S. B.
Author:
Dr. Sherwin B. Nuland
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Death, Grief, Bereavement
Subject:
Death & Dying
Subject:
Attitude to death.
Subject:
Morte
Subject:
Human Physiology
Subject:
Self-Help; Grief
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Series Volume:
500-227.
Publication Date:
19950131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8 x 5.18 x 0.64 in 0.5 lb

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Product details 320 pages Vintage Books - English 9780679742449 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Eloquent and uncommonly moving… Nuland writes with unsentimental passion."
"Review" by , "Engrossing….We are in the hands of a remarkable portraitist whose cultivated thought…quietly and informatively instructs and advises us on a subject of universal concern."
"Review" by , "Nuland's work acknowledges, with unmatched clarity, the harsh realities of how life departs….There is compassion, and often wisdom, in every page."
"Review" by , "Nuland combines the clinical eye of a physician with…emotional and philosophical reflectiveness."
"Synopsis" by , In an age when death occurs in sterile seclusion and is cloaked in euphemism and taboo, How We Die is a vital revelation. Clearly, frankly, yet compassionately, it tells us how most of us are likely to die — and in doing so, suggests how we may live more fully and meaningfully. Written by a distinguished surgeon, How We Die succeeds in restoring death to its ancient place in human existence.
"Synopsis" by , New Edition: With a new chapter addressing contemporary issues in end-of-life care

A runaway bestseller and National Book Award winner, Sherwin Nuland's How We Die has become the definitive text on perhaps the single most universal human concern: death. This new edition includes an all-embracing and incisive afterword that examines the current state of health care and our relationship with life as it approaches its terminus. It also discusses how we can take control of our own final days and those of our loved ones.

Shewin Nuland's masterful How We Die is even more relevant than when it was first published.

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