How We Die

How We Die

Reflections on Life's Final Chapter

Book - 1994
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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.
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, Inc., 1994.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780679414612
Characteristics: xviii, 278 p. : ill. ; 25 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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