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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Return to Book Page. 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: This new edition includes hpw 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 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: It also discusses how we can take control of our own final hwo and those of our loved sberwin.
Shewin Nuland’s masterful How We Die is even more relevant than when it was first published. Paperbackpages. Published January 15th by Vintage first published January 25th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about How We Dieplease sign up.
Lists with This Book. Jan shrewin, Paul Bryant rated it liked it Shelves: At least, I don’t think so. Unless these are all the names of angels. As regards the book itself, since I sold my copy via Amazon to some geezer in Salt Lake City years ago, I fie remember much about it, so I’m just kind of busking here.
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The other news is that you also have Alzheimer’s. View all 64 comments. Sep 24, Abeer Hoque rated it really liked it Shelves: I say anyone over Because you might still have time then to internalise all the dying lessons Dr. Nuland has to teach, zherwin you’re past those forever twenties. 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 wherwin and breaking down.
Towards that end, Dr. Nuland urges us to measure quality of life against mechanical extensions of life On the back of “How We Die” Doris Lessing writes it’s a must read for anyone over Nuland urges us to measure quality of life against mechanical extensions of life, value peace of mind sherwn medical miracles because your surgeon sure as hell won’tand hold our connections with loved ones above everything.
Live your life well, he says, because the end will probably not be pretty, and you want the de around you to remember hoq else. Chapter by morbid chapter, and with intimate compassion and poetry, Hkw.
Nuland charts the major ways we die, all of which have to do with failures of oxygen supply, one way or another: The title alone was enough to give me and everyone around me pause, when I pulled the book out in public. We should all learn as much as we can about our bodies, their strengths, and hod inevitable failings. It will help us deal more gracefully, or at least more knowingly, with the end. This book is as good a place as any to start. This book is an attempt by the author, a surgeon, to de-mystify the process of death.
He feels that our modern expectation of a “death with dignity” leads to increased suffering when we confront the ugly reality: He offers detailed, technical descriptions of the most common mechanisms of death, including vivid, This book is an attempt by the author, a surgeon, to de-mystify the process of death.
He offers detailed, technical descriptions of the most common mechanisms of death, including vivid, disturbing details of the various indignities experienced by the dying. He enhances his narrative with deeply moving stories of the end-of-life experiences of his own patients, friends and family members. Alongside the medical details and anecdotes the author waxes philosophical.
He talks about the need for the old to die so that the young can prosper. He is appreciative of modern medicine’s ability to improve and prolong life, but he expresses concern that a doctor’s drive to diagnose and cure can override his duty to provide the most appropriate care when the end of his patient’s life becomes inevitable.
The book was published in but only seems sherain of date in the anguished chapter on AIDS. I was entranced by the technical details and moved to tears by some of the author’s personal stories, but his philosophical musings seemed a bit repetitive after a while.
Overall a very good book, 4. View all 3 comments. Dec 23, Paul Corrigan rated it really nyland it. Doctor Nuland is right on when he talks about how the specialists, for whom a disease such as cancer becomes a great riddle to solve, somehow withdraw from the patient’s presence when the disease they are trying to interdict cannot be stopped with the assortment of chemo drugs and radiation therapy they have in their tool box.
Yes, tool box seems like an appropriate metaphor because chemo therapy with the way it devastates the body gives the whole process of treatment a clunky rattling sense to it.
Even in the best of treatment centers with the caring technicians, nurses and doctors, the process of getting well is not very pretty, doling out its share of suffering and pain. Doctor Nuland knows this only too well and his sensitive prose explores that point in such treatment when it is best to start exploring other options, such as hospice care. I must say, however, that my wife’s oncologists were caring and sensitive, while she was the subject of their attempts to find the right chemo drugs to slow down, and even beat back for a time, the relentless onslaught of an aggressive, triple negative tumor.
It was after she was released and returned home, to die shortly after the last treatment at the cancer center, that the oncologists seem to lose interest. Nuland talks at length about the moment when the specialists pack up their tool kits and it becomes time for the generalists, the GP’s and the hospice care nurses and therapists to work their compassion and relieve the pain that the disease has wrought.
It is in this arena that Doctor Nuland’s humanity and compassion shines through.
How We Die
Oct 12, Richard Kramer rated it it was amazing. If you are alive, and might someday die, or know anyone who is alive and might someday die, this might be one of those books you have to read. It takes the piss out of heroics, and science, and the Dignified Death; it harshly regards the coldness of medical personnel dedicated to solving what the author calls the Riddle and ignoring the needs of the person that provides it.
He is hard on doctors, and hard on himself. Some books please, some entertain, some disappoint. Few,though, change you, and t If you are alive, and might someday die, or know anyone who is alive and might someday die, this might be one of those books you have to read. Few,though, change you, and this is one of them.
It came at a time when I needed it, when I was in the process of losing a dear family member. It made me value her life more and, also, my own. Jun 25, Toph rated it really liked it Shelves: Nuland’s account is a lot less personal; for one, he didn’t experience dying as he wrote the text.
How We Die: Reflections of Life’s Final Chapter by Sherwin B. Nuland
Hoq inspiration for writing was not his own mortality but rather the result of decades upon decades of watching his own patients suffer through the so-called “hidden” process of dying. 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 jow experience and insight.
One thing I really liked was how Nuland pointed out how attitudes toward death have changed with the advents of modern medicine, how physicians today focus more on achieving victory in indivudalized cases rather than accepting death as inevitable.
Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, but an consequence nulans this is that death has become more concealed from society, so to speak. Since we have the technology to hos off death longer and longer, physicians and society in general have a need to “hide” the process of dying in the cases where they fail to slow it, decreasing the frequency of their visits to patients once it’s clear that they don’t have much time left.
This is a pretty stark contrast to the 19th century, where it was the norm for people to drop dead like flies, often in the comforts of their own homes.
Doctors then focused more on helping patients die in a comfortable, dignified manner rather than try to combat death in the first place. Most people today still want their long-term dying process to be dignified, but Nuland points out that this often isn’t the case, relating a memory where a man with Alzheimer’s had to be cleaned of his own feces the year he died.
Nuland’s conclusion that we try to have the best death possible by living the best life possible might seem unsatisfactory, but this is ultimately the most that anyone can hope for in the wildly unpredictable process of death. Guess Mom forcing me to read books about death is paying off.
My Dad is ninety-three. I bought this book to share with him some time ago as we have been grappling with the Inevitably of Death for some time now. He is relatively healthy and he has always counted on living at least until ninety-six, the age his father died.
But this past year his sharp mind has begun to notice his body lagging somewhat. I t My Dad is ninety-three. I travel from Virginia to Michigan to visit him in his assisted living facility every six to eight weeks. He devoured How We Die: But I had never read it until now. This book is over twenty years old and with the medical advances in that time you might think that makes this book out of date.
But that is not completely true. Instroke was the third leading cause of death; today it ranks fourth. The life expectancy all races, both sexes was