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How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter (vuoden 1994 painos)

– tekijä: Sherwin B. Nuland

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Attempting to demythologize the process of dying, Nuland explores how we shall die, each of us in a way that will be unique. Through particular stories of dying--of patients, and of his own family--he examines the seven most common roads to death: old age, cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer's, accidents, heart disease, and strokes, revealing the facets of death's multiplicity. "It's impossible to read How We Die without realizing how earnestly we have avoided this most unavoidable of subjects, how we have protected ourselves by building a cultural wall of myths and lies. I don't know of any writer or scientist who has shown us the face of death as clearly, honestly and compassionately as Sherwin Nuland does here."--James Gleick From the Trade Paperback edition.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter
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In When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi recommended this book so I sought it out and read it.

Taking a tour of heart disease, Alzheimer's, AIDS and cancer, Dr. Nuland presents a dispassionate, yet compassionate, review of what doesn't make us stronger.

It was good to learn that my late father's always-joke was pretty much true. When asked for anyone's cause of death, he would invariably say, "they stopped breathing."

I can't really put my finger on my recent interest in death, its mechanics, its impact although I'm guessing my father has plenty to do with it. Still, this demystification of our necessary ends is oddly comforting and bracing. ( )
  asxz | Mar 13, 2019 |
Not the most pleasant of subjects to address, but sooner or later we will all share the common unpleasant experience. Dr. Nuland takes us through a number of interesting and in some aspects stark realities of how we die and some of the controversies surrounding it. Dr. Nuland covers a fairly wide range of topics one being the somewhat romanticized version of drawing our last breath peacefully surrounded by our loved ones. Most cases in reality he says are nothing of the sort as the long drawn out pain and suffering comes to an end for the individual and shock of the witnessing loved ones. Not a pleasant scene to look forward to. If ones death can be framed that way.

Another aspect he delves into is the doctor and his relentless pursuit of saving the patient, not to mention the tab that is rolled up. Hope against hope we are pushed through the process of every last measure to our needless prolonged suffering in the cause of medicine. To me it seems barbaric but maybe I will have a different opinion at the time, but it is state of the art for now.

The inevitability of death and taxes is real and we must be prepared to face it as best we can. The book sheds light on things we need to consider now before are time has come. It is my hope that as us large group of Baby Boomer heads down this road the laws and ethical considerations of the easy way our will be addressed better. We should have more choice in bringing the end when it is certain. It seems absurd to me that so many are forced to endure the suffering and pain of their demise, yet convicted murderers sentenced to death exit in a dreamlike sleep. ( )
  knightlight777 | Apr 4, 2016 |
Reflections on Life's Final Chapter - we don't have full reader's rights with the "book" Nuland discusses. Once it's started, it has to be finished. Dr. Nuland shows his breadth of knowledge in his many quotes and is himself highly quotable. He knows how to turn a phrase, as in "the operative obscurities" and "the Riddle (cause of disease) is the doctor's lodestone as an applied scientist; it is his albatross as a humane caregiver." It's good to see more people looking squarely at the issues surrounding death and dying. ( )
  Jeannine504 | Jan 23, 2016 |
How We Die is a non-fiction book whose title accurately describes it's content. Each chapter of the book is devoted to one of the handful of most common ways Americans die (some illnesses have two chapters devoted to them), including heart disease, cancer, old age -- which included quite a bit of information about strokes -- murder and suicide, accidents, AIDS, Alzheimers, etc. The last chapter talks about the lessons learned and has some nicely worded messages about preparing for death. Overall, I think it's good this book exists for those who are curious about these common diseases. I would caution, though, that it was written in the 90s and science changes rapidly -- most notably the Alzheimers chapter(s) appear outdated as they refer to DNA tests that will be available in the future, but those tests are available now. Also, it's ungodly depressing reading if you aren't seeking it out (I read it for book club) because you have an interest. Because the writing felt choppy and was over-laden with scientific jargon the normal reader would have a hard time wading through, I'm giving it a 'meh-minus' rating of 2 and 1/2. ( )
  kimberwolf | Jan 16, 2016 |
This is a fantastic book. The author's purpose (in my opinion) is to de-mystify both the causes and process of death. A great deal of the book is is devoted to discussion of the chemical and molecular processes that happen when mortal illnesses, such as cancer and AIDS, arise. By doing this, the author removes the emotional aspect of death and reduces it to merely another process in nature.

Having presented the clinical perspective of death, the author than reintroduces the emotional perspective. He does an incredible job of examining the tension that often exists between the physician (and sometime loved ones) who are completely focused on "defeating" death and the patient. If the patient is complicit in the desire to extend life at any cost, this tension is minimal at most. If the patient has accepted the imminence of their death, this tension can be great. The author illustrates the latter situation with several personal examples.

I would highly recommend this book to everyone. Death is not optional, and the better we prepare for the eventuality of it with ourselves and especially our loved ones, the easier the process will be for all concerned. ( )
  grandpahobo | Sep 24, 2015 |
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Attempting to demythologize the process of dying, Nuland explores how we shall die, each of us in a way that will be unique. Through particular stories of dying--of patients, and of his own family--he examines the seven most common roads to death: old age, cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer's, accidents, heart disease, and strokes, revealing the facets of death's multiplicity. "It's impossible to read How We Die without realizing how earnestly we have avoided this most unavoidable of subjects, how we have protected ourselves by building a cultural wall of myths and lies. I don't know of any writer or scientist who has shown us the face of death as clearly, honestly and compassionately as Sherwin Nuland does here."--James Gleick From the Trade Paperback edition.

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