How We Die

How We Die

Reflections on Life's Final Chapter

Book - 1993
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Random House, Inc.
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

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Baker & Taylor
Offers a portrait of the experience of dying that elucidates the choices that can be made to allow each person his or her own death

Blackwell North Amer
There is a vast literature on death and dying, but there are few reliable accounts of the ways in which we die. The intimate account of how various diseases take away life, offered in How We Die, is not meant to prompt horror or terror but to demythologize the process of dying to help us rid ourselves of that fear of the terra incognita.
Though the avenues of death - AIDS, cancer, heart attack, Alzheimer's, accident, and stroke - are common, each of us will die in a way different from any that has gone before. Each one of death's diverse appearances is as distinctive as that singular face we each show during our lives. Behind each death is a story.
In How We Die, Sherwin B. Nuland, a surgeon and teacher of medicine, tells some stories of dying that reveal not only why someone dies but how. He offers a portrait of the experience of dying that makes clear the choices that can be made to allow each of us his or her own death.

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The author of Doctors: The Biography of Medicine offers a portrait of the experience of dying that elucidates the choices that can be made to allow each person his or her own death. 50,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo. Tour.

Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, c1993.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780679414612
Branch Call Number: 616.078 NUL
Characteristics: xviii, 278 p. ; 24 cm.


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Aug 06, 2017

What we understand about our own bodies and how it functions,is the least thing we understand. We are more apt to want to find out more about famous peoples lives or world events than we are about the intricacies of the human body. This is a good read. One is bound to come away with a better knowledge and perhaps less fear.

2stretch2 Jun 09, 2011

Everyone alive should read 'How We Die'. Eloquent, wise and essential.

Dec 05, 2007

Finalist 1995 Pulitzer prize.


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