There are many books intended to help people deal with the trauma of bereavement, but few which explore the reality of death itself. How We Die sets out to explain exactly what happens to each of us when we die. Sherwin B. Nuland - with over 30 years' experience as a surgeon - explains in detail the processes which take place in the body and strips away many illusions about death. The result is a unique and compelling book, addressing the one final fact that all of us must confront.
A great aid to that noble dinner party game: how would you choose to go if you could pick your mode of dying? Little philosophical waffle here: this is a series of gritty portraits of the physical reality of death from a variety of causes, including heart disease, murder, suicide, cancer and, inevitably, AIDS; supplemented with medical explanations of the mechanics of failing bodies. It is a process in which Dr Nuland discerns little dignity, however much we may wish it. Not for the hypochondriac, but justifiably a bestseller for demythologizing the secrets of dying now so well concealed by the modern hospital method of death. (Kirkus UK)