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“How We Die” by Sherwin B. Nuland.

18029. “How We Die” by Sherwin B. Nuland.

This paper reviews How We Die, a book by a medical surgeon that is concerned with the various ways that people die. With the use of some graphic and disturbing details, Nuland seeks to "demythologize" the topic and to describe the physical aspects of death (rather than its spiritual or emotional aspects). The work is enhanced by Nuland's discussion of his personal experiences with death within his own family. The book is recommended because it contributes to a better understanding of a phenomenon that all people must deal with sooner or later. KEYWORDS: book review nonfiction death dying thanatology medicine. MLA Style. 6 pages, 16 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source. 1,504 words.

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