How We Die
- Reflections on Life's Final Chapter
- Narrated by: Sherwin B. Nuland
- Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 02-02-07
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House Audio
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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.
National Book Award, 1994
"Drawing upon his own broad experience and the characteristics of the six most common death-causing diseases, Nuland examines what death means to the doctor, patient, nurse, administrator, and family. Thought provoking and humane, his is not the usual syrup-and-generality approach." (Booklist)
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By Beth on 10-22-09
A very special read
I have a difficult time dealing with loss and didn't expect to like this book because I thought it would just be too sad; but I did enjoy it. Very different than what I was expecting. Helpful to anyone. A must-read for health care professionals.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
By Ruth on 07-16-08
Required reading for those still breathing
This book places the responsibility for living and dying where it should be placed, firmly with the individual in process.The suggestion that modern western medicine can and has made life easier is countered with the fact that sometimes, it can prolong life too far, and then allows more suffering than was necessary. It is up to each person to decide whats enough. Thats a hard choice, when you begin to balance what others want, who you will dissapoint,and so on.A very thought provoking look at death in its visceral form, sometimes messy, emotionally charged, very human.
19 of 20 people found this review helpful