I noticed Dr.Nuland's obituary in Time magazine, and from that, opted to get this for my Kindle. I wasn't able to put it down...Nuland described with the most elegant prose pieces of his life and work, and has provided an empathetic and sensitive view of how and why we die. Yes, the topic sounds morbid, perhaps, but if this won't ever apply to you, then don't bother with this book. On the other hand, if you think there is such a thing as a dignified death, and you want to get around to speaking to your doctor about that event, then make sure you do bother. I recommended it immediately to mine, and he was quick to get it. One day, it may make your personal philosophy more understandable to both of you. That Nuland was a notable physician is a given, but that he was touched with greatness when it came to articulating feelings of both doctor and patient. Yes, I'd recommend this to anyone in the medical field, of course, but moreover to anyone who has not come to grips with the issues of their own mortality.