Match These Quotes to Famous Medical Books

Ariel Harsinay


July 30, 2018

The answer is B. How We Die: Reflections of Life's Final Chapter by Sherwin B. Nuland

This book by Shwerin B. Nuland has become a hallmark text on death and the mysteries it encompasses, and the universal fear and abstractness it possesses. How We Die discusses not only the concept of death, but also healthcare, medicine, and how life changes when we realize it is approaching its end. Nuland believed that death did not possess dignity, but was rather a humiliating and disturbing process.

Nuland stated that his objective in writing How We Die was to rid death of its connotation as mythical and make it more tangible and comforting. Nuland criticizes medical practices that focus on extending life for as long as possible, even if it means increasing suffering during the last days of the patient's life.

Nuland was a professor of surgery at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, before dying in 2014 from prostate cancer.[14,15]


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