How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter. Sherwin B. Nuland, Author, Nuland, Author Alfred A Knopf Inc $24 (p) ISBN New Edition: With a new chapter addressing contemporary issues in end-of-life careA runaway bestseller and National Book Award winner, Sherwin Nuland’s. Sherwin Nuland on the Art of Dying and How Our Mortality Confers Meaning Upon Our Lives. “To lament that we shall not be alive a hundred.

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While life should be fought for as long as possible, we should all realize that ultimately the battle will be lost. Nuland outlines the most common forms of death, step-by-step, arteriosclerosis, cancer, alzheimers, and the many forms each take, such as strokes, heart attacks, cancer, AIDS, pneumonia and the general implosion caused by aging. He offers detailed, technical descriptions of the most common mechanisms of death, including vivid, disturbing details of the various indignities experienced by the dying.

It will help us deal more gracefully, or at least more knowingly, with the end. Sherwin Nuland was an American surgeon and author who taught bioethics and medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine. And he talks about why egocentric doctors go into medicine: Just wasn’t ready to read it all right now. 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.

This may be too much information for some and although a little morbid, I found it well worth understanding. Nuland explores the more common ways that most Americans die in his account, explaining the many possible processes of dying in scientific terms while also weaving in his personal experience and insight.

Please try again later. Big Pharma was there, ready to pounce, but it was foolish, god-like thinking that set it up This book has helped.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. We can only give people the hope they will not die alone if we are nulan honest with them about what is happening to their bodies. Since we all share this experience, this is a must read.

Let me say up front that nowhere in this book is the organ transplant subject or words mentioned.

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For some who have experienced or are experiencing the process of dying nulan a loved one, or even a stranger, this book may be helpful. We’ve got three score and ten years and most of that could be healthy, but after that, the remainder of our body life is borrowed and breaking down.


There are several themes that permeate Nuland’s books. I don’t know how to explain it. Aug 01, Holly rated it it was amazing Shelves: Live your life hoq, he says, because the end will probably not be pretty, and you want the people around you to remember everything else.

Nuland is not breezing through anything! Nuland points out, waxing eloquent about death is a very common theme among artists, but it is rare that we get to hear about death from someone whose actual business is living and dying. For some of us it will be quick, for others death will linger and the process will be slow and painful.

The author says that only rarely exist dignity and serenity in death,that the path to death is painful and full of stress for body and mind. 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.

Jun 25, Toph rated it really liked it Shelves: Everyone wants a dignified death. We should speak more frequently and more honestly about death and the process of dying. Dec 23, Paul Corrigan rated it really liked it. Jul 15, Jim Gleason rated it it was amazing Shelves: Somehow I had taken for granted the hospice and palliative care movement.

How We Die

Nuland shows a in his time open mind when talks about AIDS terminal ill, quoting a friend: There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Chapter by morbid chapter, and with intimate compassion and poetry, Dr.

But that makes me wonder. Doctors then focused more on helping patients die in a comfortable, dignified manner rather than try to combat death in the first place.

How We Die: Reflections of Life’s Final Chapter by Sherwin B. Nuland

Interesting seeing his views and contrasting them with his actions when it came to his own brother dying of cancer — admits a mistake, very human 5. Probably many elements of the treatments have changed, but that’s not the focus of his book. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. The book also gives insight into the mind of the academic surgeon. Those hiw us who suffer from some kind of self-loathing may find it very easy to think of AIDS as a form of punishment,but even those of us who dont are aware that much of society does see it that way.


Disease, not death, is the real enemy, he reminds us, despite the facts that most nu,and are unpleasant, painful, or hkw, and to argue otherwise is to plaster over the truth. I will speak more of the out-of-date factor at the end of the review.

This is a bad review. He then goes into these seven diseases with quite a bit of detail. As a primary care physician I had to cringe as he put his own brother through dangerous and difficult surgery even though the chance of cure was close to zero. Nuland’s third point is that the measure of a life is not found so much in how we die, but in how we live and how we are remembered.

Though he be kind and considerate of the patient he treats, he allows himself to push his kindness aside because the seduction of The Riddle shersin so strong and the failure to solve it renders him so weak. He also covers some of the most The purpose of this book is to help people have reasonable expectations about death and is a plea for more empathetic doctoring; namely more family practitioners and hospice workers.

It helped us all live with Mum’s condition, has since helped through the passing of other close people and I hope will help us in t A remarkable book which my mother, my husband and I all read when my mother developed nulsnd heart condition ho which she eventually died about 8 years later. However, my medical mind cannot deny the abstract beauty that is the process of our cellular beings shutting down- the literal inability for hemoglobin to carry oxygen to keep our most vital centers functioning, the ultimate lack of circulation to bring blood to our hearts and glucose to our brains.

The author explains why this is important His era afforded him enough time with patients to really get to know them.