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ISBN: 0679414614
Author: Sherwin B. Nuland
Language: English
Publisher: Knopf; 1st edition (January 25, 1994)
Pages: 278
Category: Medicine & Health Sciences
Subcategory: Other
Rating: 4.6
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Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final . 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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He devoured How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter in several days during one of my visits last year. But I had never read it until no. his 1993 book is over twenty years old and with the medical advances in that time you might think that makes this book out of date

He devoured How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter in several days during one of my visits last year. his 1993 book is over twenty years old and with the medical advances in that time you might think that makes this book out of date. But that is not completely true. This is still the case today. In 1993, stroke was the third leading cause of death; today it ranks fourth.

How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter. 0679742441 (ISBN13: 9780679742449). Pulitzer Prize Nominee for General Nonfiction (1995), National Book Award for Nonfiction (1994), National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee for General Nonfiction (1994). His 1994 book How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter was a New York Times Best Seller and won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, as well as being a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize

How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter. Rhona L. Goulston (divorced). His 1994 book How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter was a New York Times Best Seller and won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, as well as being a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2011 Nuland was awarded the Jonathan Rhoads Gold Medal of the American Philosophical Society, for Distinguished Service to Medicine.

A practicing surgeon for three decades, Sherwin Nuland witnessed life and death in every variety. Then he turned to writing, exploring what there is to people beyond just anatomy. Why you should listen. Sherwin Nuland was a practicing surgeon for 30 years and treated more than 10,000 patients - then became an author and speaker on topics no smaller than life and death, our minds, our morality, aging and the human spirit.

Read How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter, by Sherwin . uland online on Bookmate – From Publishers WeeklyA physician who teaches at the Yale School of Medicine, Nuland writes gracefull. From Publishers WeeklyA physician who teaches at the Yale School of Medicine, Nuland writes gracefully about a topic most of us would rather not dwell on-our impending deaths. He demystifies the process of dying by providing straightforward information on the clinical, biological and emotional details of deaths resulting from heart disease, stroke, cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer's disease, old age, accidents, suicide, euthanasia and murder or violent physical assault.

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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 GleickFrom the Trade Paperback edition.

Comments:

Garne
None of us gets to miss this difficult life milestone. Dr. Nuland is direct, thorough and kindly introspective about what it is like to watch a friend in the process of dying. We have utterly technologized a process that obscures one of life's certainties - and certainly one we want to see dealt with as humanely as possible.

Don't wait to think about what the end might be or mean for yourself or your loved ones. Think about it now. And having stood witness and caregiver to both of my parents, who died very different deaths, I found comfort in the author's observations. The forces medical and actuarial are larger than any individual or family. I only know it could have been better and it could have been worse.

We should speak more frequently and more honestly about death and the process of dying. It's frightening for all concerned - and yet utterly predictable. I recommend this book for it's open and engaging tone, it's honest appraisal of end of life "options" and it's ability to provide a more global perspective to one of our most intimate acts.
Varshav
For some who have experienced or are experiencing the process of dying with a loved one, or even a stranger, this book may be helpful. It explains in relatively lay terms what happens in the body as the body ages (starting around age 20) and what the impacts of that aging process are over time. It also talks about those aging processes in relation to death. As a non-medical type, it is helpful to me to understand more about the physical processes at work in the course of disease and dying. It doesn't make them easier to witness, but it gives a road map to begin to understand what's happening in the body as various symptoms present along the way. I truly appreciate Dr. Nuland's honesty and directness about the fact that the human organism is not built to last forever. While intellectually 'knowing' this, most of us live in denial about it, and thus are terrified when we're presented the experience of watching someone die. Hopefully this book will help more people with understanding the process.

It also begs farther-reaching questions about the appropriateness of some medical treatments at certain life and disease stages as well as the persnickety question about allocating our diminishing resources for offering expensive medical treatments to all. As we age, at what point does it become selfish to take the resources away from younger, more viable bodies when we have lived good, long lives? If we weren't afraid or accepting of death, how would we behave differently?
Mr_Mole
This book was a guiding light for me as I witnessed my sweet husband exhibit these symptoms and signs that death was near. He was not yet in hospice, but palliative care. We were alone here at home together just as he had wanted to be. I learned not to force liquids or food which is a mistake I would have undoubtedly made. Knowing brought peace and I'm grateful that a lot of medical people were not involved at the time of his death. He died from prostate cancer that had spread to his bones/skull, etc. Sunday, February 21,2016 in my arms.
Adrielmeena
The book needs to be taken very seriously I have personally lived a tragedy recently I have lost my beloved wife during the 15 months of desperate fight against the great killer she and us has suffered all the terrible medical interventions with no benefit at all Medicine needs a totally different approach for terminal ilnesses
Der Bat
As a cancer patient that may be beyond repair, I am looking to understand death and understand life, and make sense of the situation in a way that I can live my life happily and know how to make the most of a time that will most likely be far less than I expected. This book has helped. It has brought some of the wisdom I was seeking and I am happy to have bought it. I am leading my life in a way that I’m not very concerned about death and I am happy living my life, having the comfort that it is a meaningful life and one I am happy to be living. Some run into religions, but to me a religion isn’t a solution, it’s more like an ostrich putting its head into a hole to avoid seeing the lion running to eat it. Religions promise eternal life and people believe it even though it makes absolutely no sense at all. Said this, the author does not have a problem with religion. I do! I recommend the book, you don’t have to be close to dying to make good use of these ideas, they’re good for anybody, as we all are mortals and it’s always good to stay ahead of death and not regret that we didn’t say or do something if we or a loved one dies. I used to be anxious and fearful before cancer returned. Now that it came back I am relaxed and not very, very worried.
sunrise bird
This Nuland book was referenced in When Breath Becomes Air, a recent best seller. Nuland includes the physiology of the body shutting down, as well as a reflection from two decades ago about the compassionate side of dying. Somehow I had taken for granted the hospice and palliative care movement. Nuland rightly points out the potential for caregiver disconnect just when a dying person needs consistent, beside human beings. I see this book as a must-read for paid and volunteer caregivers with dying persons.
IWAS
I've read several books written by doctors and they usually breeze through their books sharing their education and the experiences they've had with their patients. Wonderful reading, I enjoy them.
This book is different. I'm half-way through the book and Dr. Nuland is not breezing through anything! He states that there are roughly 20 diseases that will take most of our lives, however there are 7 of those which will take the majority of our lives. He then goes into these seven diseases with quite a bit of detail. I'm really learning a lot from this doc!!
One drawback, this book was published over 20 years ago. But I believe we're still dying of the same seven diseases, but perhaps more slowly and not as early. I don't believe the actual disease process has changed. Probably many elements of the treatments have changed, but that's not the focus of his book.
How We Die is about how we die.
I highly recommend.

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