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Nuland shows a nulabd his time open mind when talks about AIDS terminal ill, quoting a friend: To listen to him talk about hope anytime, listen to his TED talk http: For me, warmth and compassion are much easier when I’m not troubled by anxiety about not knowing what is happening.

Apr 06, Arjun Ravichandran rated it liked it. To ask other readers questions about How We Dieplease sign up. Midst this contemplation of life’s painful finitude, lies a moral critique of modern day medicine.

However, my medical mind cannot deny the abstract beauty that is the process of our cellular beings shutting down- the literal inability for hemoglobin to carry oxygen to keep our most vital centers functioning, the ultimate lack of circulation to bring blood to our hearts and glucose to our brains. Nuland charts the major ways we die, all of which have to do with failures of oxygen supply, one way or another: Just a moment while we sign you uow to your Goodreads account.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. But I had never nulahd it until now. Thought provoking and humane, his nulsnd not the usual syrup-and-generality approach to this well-worn topic.

Yes, tool box seems like an appropriate metaphor because chemo therapy di the way it devastates the body gives the whole process of treatment a clunky rattling sense to it. We sometimes laugh about death and dying.

How We Die: Reflections of Life’s Final Chapter by Sherwin B. Nuland

A very well-written, nuladn account of how it is that we actually die, what happens in our bodies, and which ailments are most likely to kill us. Aug 01, Holly rated it it was amazing Shelves: It helped us all live with Mum’s nulsnd, has since helped through the passing of other close people and I hope will help us in turn to understand what is likely to happen.


One cultural defence amongst many against this scourge, is the hope for a “good death”, ars moriendi the art of dying. Hope resides in the meaning of what our lives have been. He is hard on doctors, and nupand on himself. I agree with the author that most people do not know how to treat those who are dying or what is normal even.

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Overall a very good book, 4. Dec 23, Paul Corrigan rated it really liked it. It seems wise and, really, compassionate to ourselves to acknowledge and try to grok that. This may be too much information for some and although a little morbid, I found it well worth understanding.

How We Die

Talking just to be talking, you know. Ars moriendi is ars vivendi: Just wasn’t ready to read it all right now. In the meantime, I am going to give How We Die only two stars: This book is an attempt by the author, a surgeon, to de-mystify the process of death. He is relatively healthy and he has always counted on living at least until ninety-six, the age his father died. It came at a time when I needed it, when I was in the process of losing a dear family member.

Return to Book Page. It would be interesting to read an update knowing all that we do now about these same diseases, despite the eie that several seem to remain quite mysterious.

I travel from Virginia to Michigan to visit him in his assisted living facility every six to eight weeks. Lot said about extending life beyond what is reasonable, due to drs wanting to solve the Riddle 4. He also covers some of the most The purpose of this book is to help people have reasonable expectations about death and is a plea for more empathetic doctoring; namely more family practitioners and hospice workers.


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.

It is in this arena that Doctor Nuland’s humanity and compassion shines through. A scholarly and reflective depiction on the process of quietus. 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. View all 4 comments. The latter seeks to dispute that life has a natural and inherent limit, and that when it is time to go, it is time to go.

Because you might still have time then to internalise all the dying lessons Dr. Doctors then focused more on helping patients die in a comfortable, dignified manner rather than try to combat death in the first place. 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. Jan 15, Lydia rated it it was amazing. Our lovely Hospice Nurse recommended it and it was a gift.

Dec 31, Rebecca rated it really liked it Shelves: Nuland trying to do in this book?

Jan 03, Lyn Elliott rated it it was amazing Shelves: And perhaps they are not simple at all, but rather so intensely intricate that true understanding of our design by the ultimate Creator can never be really be grasped. He also explored the concept of hope and what that means in the context of terminal diagnoses. Sherland combines scientific knowledge, medical experience, ethical concern and emotional sensitivity as he describes the stages people go through when they are dying of the most common conditions that kill nuuland.