Sherwin B. Nuland, physician and author of the book "How We Die," died Monday at his home in
An unsentimental and bracing look at death, "How We Die" won the National Book Award for nonfiction in 1994. It sought to counter the idea of death with dignity, instead looking frankly at the systemic challenges and physical depredations of the dying. The book has sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide.
Nuland was born Shepsel Ber Nudelman in the Bronx on Dec. 8, 1930, the son of Jewish parents who had emigrated from Russia. He saw his mother die of
He was an accomplished student who got his undergraduate degree at
After the success of "How We Die," Nuland left the practice of medicine to write full time. His other books include "The Wisdom of the Body" (1997), "The Doctors' Plague" (2003) and "The Uncertain Art" (2008).