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Sherwin B. Nuland, MD, was Clinical Professor of Surgery at Yale University until his retirement in 2009, though he continues to teach Biomedical Ethics and Medical History to Yale undergraduates, and serve the university in various capacities. He won the National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Book Critics Circle Award when this book was initially published. In hardcover and paperback, How We Die was on the New York Times bestseller list for a total of thirty-four weeks, and has been translated into twenty-nine languages. Dr. Nuland and his family live in Connecticut.

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A physician who teaches at the Yale School of Medicine, Nuland writes gracefully about a topic most of us would rather not dwell on--our impending deaths. He demystifies the process of dying by providing straightforward information on the clinical, biological and emotional details of deaths resulting from heart disease, stroke, cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer's disease, old age, accidents, suicide, euthanasia and murder or violent physical assault. Crammed with intriguing scientific findings and useful facts, as well as case histories of dying patients whom Nuland ( Doctors: The Biography of Medicine ) has treated, his report is imbued with wisdom rooted in a belief that the dignity we seek in dying must be found in the art of living life to the fullest. 50,000 first printing. (Feb.)

"Eloquent and uncommonly moving... Nuland writes with unsentimental passion."- Time "Engrossing... We are in the hands of a remarkable portraitist whose cultivated thought... quietly and informatively instructs and advises us on a subject of universal concern."- The New York Times Book Review "Nuland's work acknowledges, with unmatched clarity, the harsh realities of how life departs... There is compassion, and often wisdom, in every page."- San Francisco Examiner "Nuland combines the clinical eye of a physician with... emotional and philosophical reflectiveness."- Newsday

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