How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter

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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...

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Overview

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.

Describes the mechanisms of cancer/ heart attack/stroke/AIDS/Alzheimer's/etc.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Eloquent and uncommonly moving… Nuland writes with unsentimental passion."- Time

"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

"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

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

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679742449
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Series: Vintage Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 33,962
  • Product dimensions: 8.32 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2004

    Needed to help a loved one die

    This book helps demystify the actual processes of leaving this life. Nuland writes beautifully of technical matters and about the experience of leaving life. I use this in a class about end-of-life issues to reintroduce students to the experience of participating in others' deaths. We 'hospitalize' death so much now that this book can take the place of losing neighbors and family members in a closer-knit society.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2004

    Stark Reality

    I finaly had the courage to read this book having lost two close relatives to cancer in the last 2 years. It is not comforting, but realistic I felt. Having just turned 50 myself, I did not recognize any of the symtoms of deterioating age described for my age group 'yet', but did notice changes I have not noticed before about my 72 year old mother. It definately needs to be read with an ' open' mind.

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