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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 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.

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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.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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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
 

From the Inside Flap

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 Back Cover

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

About 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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Could be trimmed down by 1/2 and still get all the points across
Reviewed in the United States on January 8, 2019
The author does deliver in detailing some of the ways most people tend to die, which is good information for anyone unaware of what actually is likely to happen. Being a retired RN of almost 4 decades and having spent much time in both ICU and home hospice work, I agree... See more
The author does deliver in detailing some of the ways most people tend to die, which is good information for anyone unaware of what actually is likely to happen. Being a retired RN of almost 4 decades and having spent much time in both ICU and home hospice work, I agree with the author that death is very rarely what we hope it will be. It is however much better the further you stay away from conventional medicine and remain close to comfort care only. Staying away from the last ditch techno efforts is a great decision in virtually every case. What I didn''t appreciate was the extensive use of unnecessary words to make his point and the overuse of words not typical in most people''s conversations. This gave the impression of some snobbishness. He also tends to see himself as above or special in humanity due to his profession as a surgeon. Yes, it gives him a unique perspective (all of us have a unique perspective), but it doesn''t make him better morally or ethically. He does seem to have trouble connecting his ideals and his behavior. The book is worth the read, although it is sometimes difficult to tolerate the excessive word usage.
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Understanding death to understand life.
Reviewed in the United States on January 20, 2018
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... See more
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.
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My Husband Died In My Arms.....
Reviewed in the United States on March 3, 2016
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... See more
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.
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Life is Fatal
Reviewed in the United States on April 29, 2017
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... See more
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.
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A highly recommended book on how we die. Everyone should read this...
Reviewed in the United States on October 28, 2020
I don''t what I thought when I went to get this book. I had read many books and articles by Nuland and enjoyed them immensely. This book literally explains what happens when people die of specific things like cancer, Alzheimer''s, etc. One of the reasons I like Nuland''s... See more
I don''t what I thought when I went to get this book. I had read many books and articles by Nuland and enjoyed them immensely. This book literally explains what happens when people die of specific things like cancer, Alzheimer''s, etc. One of the reasons I like Nuland''s books, is he is extremely well written, and you can understand what he is saying/describing even though he was a physician. Because he was a physician he saw many people die including his own brother.

He also saw way that too many people try to put off dying, and end up having miserable endings full of medication that will not prolong life, surgery that doesn''t prolong life...and I get extremely mad at medical personel...mainly physicians, who insist on trying new things that will not provide any benefit to the people involved, and simply rack up bills that the family has to pay.

Reading this book isn''t morbid. Very few people will have the opportunity to die at night in their bed. I read this kind of stuff because it helps in teaching my students about medical conditions, as well as prepare them for when they experience dying patients. I had to take care of my mother in law when she was dying from Lewy Body Dementia, and Nuland covers all the things that she went through. I''ve read a lot of Oliver Sacks as well, and he highly recommended this book. We learn when we read these things not to be scared of death...it''s part of life. A book like this is essential reading so as to be prepared.
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Peace in living peace in dying
Reviewed in the United States on July 5, 2016
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... See more
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
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Meaningful, timely, and thought-provoking
Reviewed in the United States on February 5, 2017
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... See more
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?
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Essential reading for those working with dying persons
Reviewed in the United States on March 27, 2016
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... See more
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.
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Brilliant Read
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This book was not what I originally thought it was going to be, once I started reading I was drawn in. It is an extremely thought provoking and timeless. I''d recommend this book to anyone considering the healthcare careers or even someone who has an interest in reflecting...See more
This book was not what I originally thought it was going to be, once I started reading I was drawn in. It is an extremely thought provoking and timeless. I''d recommend this book to anyone considering the healthcare careers or even someone who has an interest in reflecting on life.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 16, 2020
Only read 60 pages so far, worked 26 years as a paramedic and this book amplifies the complexity of dying to a degree where it frightens and at the same time fascinates
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Someone dear died and this really walked me through the grieving process. I would recommend it to anyone suffering.
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