How we die book review
Before I die - Book review!
How We Die: Reflections of Life's Final Chapter
I attended the Yale School of Medicine when Shep Nuland taught there, and despite our both being surgeons, I know him best in my capacity as a reader. How We Die brought me into medicine to bear witness, as Shep Nuland had done, to the twinned mysteries of death, its experiential and biological manifestations: at once deeply personal and utterly impersonal. I like to think of Nuland, in the opening chapters of How We Die , as a young medical student, alone with a patient whose heart had stopped. The patient died, and Shep was found by the intern, his supervisor, covered in blood and failure. What has not changed, though, I hope, is the heroic spirit of responsibility amid blood and failure.
Sherwin Bernard Nuland  born Shepsel Ber Nudelman ; December 8, — March 3, was an American surgeon and writer who taught bioethics , history of medicine , and medicine at the Yale School of Medicine , and occasionally bioethics and history of medicine at Yale College.
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Who Will Cry When You Die -- BOOK REVIEW -- BY MANISH MANU
LAZILY or self-protectively, we think of death, when we think of it at all, as monomorphic - as the one thing, or no-thing, that puts an end to everything. But forms of death can be as various as forms of life. Dr Nuland first saw the skull beneath the skin as early as 11, when his mother died of colon cancer. He began writing this book after his brother died of the same disease nearly half a century later. In between, as a consultant surgeon at the Yale-New Haven Hospital, he has seen, and overseen, many other deaths. The first patient he had to deal with, as a year-old medical student, was in a stable condition following a suspected coronary - stable until eager- beaver young Nuland entered the room, at which point the patient 'suddenly threw his head back and bellowed out a wordless roar that seemed to rise up out of his throat. He took one immensely long, gurgling breath, and died.
Sherwin B. He was To Dr. Nuland, death was messy and frequently humiliating, and he believed that seeking the good death was pointless and an exercise in self-deception. Nuland described in frank detail the processes by which life succumbs to violence, disease or old age. Arriving amid an intense moral and legal debate over physician-assisted suicide — perhaps the ultimate manifestation of the concept of a dignified death — the book tapped into a deep national desire to understand the nature of dying, which, as Dr. Nuland observed, increasingly took place behind the walls of the modern hospital.
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