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.
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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 to this well-worn topic. Fundamental to it are Nuland's experiences with the deaths of his aunt, his older brother, and a longtime patient. With each of these deaths, he made what he now sees as mistakes of denial, false hope, and refusal to abide by a patient's wishes. Disease, not death, is the real enemy, he reminds us, despite the facts that most deaths are unpleasant, painful, or agonized, and to argue otherwise is to plaster over the truth. The doctor, Nuland stresses, should instill in dying patients the hope not for a miraculous cure but for the dignity and high quality of the remainder of their lives as well as of what they have meant--and will continue to mean--to family, friends, and colleagues. Nuland also has strong feelings about suicide and "assisted death": the doctor should be prepared psychologically and practically to help the longtime patient slip off the scene in relative comfort. William Beatty --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
This is a very well written and frank discussion about death. You come away a little shaken about what you've earned but he doesn't sugar coat the bitter pill. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Owen John Horn
This delightful man is so very interesting in how he compiles words thoughts ideas brilliance intelligence together. Read morePublished 17 months ago by judith Johnson
This book should come with a warning label: "NOT TO BE READ BY THOSE RECENTLY BEREAVED." It is a very macabre book and will only worsen the grief.Published on June 27 2004
A moving and detailed compendium of major causes of death, their physical causes and manifestations, and the effects on a victim's life and family. Read morePublished on April 10 2004 by J. Jacobs
This is a very well written and informative book that is especially relevant clinicians and aspiring health professionals. Highly recommended.Published on Jan. 9 2004 by J. Fridley
The author tries to explain experiences related to death both from medical and phylosophical perspective. Read morePublished on Dec 21 2003 by Vahania63
Well in all truth , this is the first book ive ever read that has more then 100 pages.. And it was able to keep my attention rather well. Read morePublished on Oct. 9 2002 by "anrkist"
This is an outstanding book. The author is able to explain the medicine in a very clear manner. He clearly has a gift for working with patients. Read morePublished on March 12 2002 by Jeffrey P. Utz, M.D.
How We Die is a moving and unaffected book about one's dying. Dr. Nuland attempts to answer in uncommonly moving observations
what it looks like, what it feels like on life's... Read more