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I want everyone to read this beautiful, understated book and reflect on their own mortality and on the memories that they will leave behind.
Dying is an often painful process that has very little to do with dignity, Nuland constantly reminds us. And it's something we all have to deal with. Nuland, a qualified surgeon, takes us through the process of death and dying, explaining in great detail, how the body shuts down when ravaged by such diseases as AIDS, cancer, and strokes.
'How We die' is a very honest account that pulls no punches. Part autobiography, sometimes technical, and part critique, with extracts from history and literature, it's a wonderfully balanced and engaging book, brimming with compassion, wisdom, and humour in equal portions. Nuland's description of death in 'old age' is really quite something, as Death's horsemen slowly come and claim their victims. However, Nuland also airs his misgivings about modern technology and medicine, and the lack of ethics sometimes shown by his fellow practitioners when prolonging life in the face of the inevitable (although he states with much regret that he himself has been a culprit of such practice in the past, owing to peer pressure and the hippocratic oath).
It would be doing the book a big disservice to say that it is all about distress and despair, because it's not! It's about learning to live more fully, and taking control of our lives so that we can make more informed decisions when our date with destiny finally does arrive...Read more ›
The book is separated into chapters based on a specific ailment; heart disease, stroke etc. Dr Nuland displays an even mix of both technical jargon and well written prose. With this careful balance he manages to not confuse the reader and yet he doesn't have to 'dumb it down' too much.
Overall this book is suitable for anyone interested in the human body or those who just want to know more.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great book but a difficult read, emotionally speaking. Nuland caters well for non-medics and medics alike and I found his descriptions of the most frequent/likely 'killer'... Read morePublished 3 months ago by StephW
Great book very informative and interesting great chapters on ways to die or how to live, if your not a doctor or particularly bright persistence is required to have the stamina to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by sharp
Pen mark was there (as advertised), but it's barely anything. I bought it for the words on the page, not the paper. And I have never read such a heartfelt bookPublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
A well explained, humane account of how and why we die. Sometimes a difficult read, but also life-affirming.Published 10 months ago by beanius
Hard going at times, but a good way to learn about the various ills mankind can be subject to, told by an expert physician.Published 13 months ago by Albert Sion
Very well written book about common death scenarios. Written perhaps for those with some medical background but it uses the more common terms.Published 16 months ago by Milfordmaid
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