How We Die Reflections on Life's Final Chapter (Paperback)
|Author: Sherwin B. Nuland|
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|Presents a meditation and portrait of the experience of dying that elucidates the decisions that can be made to allow each person an understanding of death, as well as his or her own choice of death. Reprint. 150,000 first printing. $75,000 ad/promo. *Author: Nuland, Sherwin B. *Subtitle: Reflections on Lifes Final Chapter *Publication Date: 1995/01/01 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.00|
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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, Alzheimers, accidents, heart disease, and strokes, revealing the facets of deaths multiplicity. "Its 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 GleickIn 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 restores death to its ancient place in human existence.
Sherwin B. Nuland MD, has been Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Yale School of Medicine since 1962. He graduated from the Bronx High School of Science, summa cum laude from New York University, and from the Yale School of Medicine. He received his physician's training at the Yale-New Haven Hospital and practiced and taught there full-time from 1962 to 1992, when he began to focus mainly upon his writing. Two of Nuland's earlier works shed light on how the human body works (and fails to work)-- HOW WE LIVE (a reissue of THE WISDOM OF THE BODY), and HOW WE DIE. HOW WE DIE won the National Book Award in 1994, and was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics' Circle Award. Nuland then turned his attention to chronicling the severe depression he suffered in his late 30s, and his relationship with his mercurial father, in LOST IN AMERICA: A JOURNEY WITH MY FATHER. He has written for The New Yorker, the New York Times, Time, Life, and the New York Review of Books, and writes a regular column on medical topics for the American Scholar entitled "The Uncertain Art." Dr. Nuland is married to Sarah Peterson, a professional actor and director. They have four children.