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Sherwin Nuland dies at 83; surgeon wrote 'How We Die'
Sherwin Nuland dies at 83; surgeon wrote 'How We Die'

Dr. Sherwin B. Nuland was a respected surgeon and bioethicist at Yale University and author of two modestly successful books when he was approached in the early 1990s by a young literary editor. The agent was looking for someone to write a book about what happens to the body and mind during the process of dying, and Nuland had been recommended to him. "I thought surely there were hundreds of books already" on the topic, Nuland later said, but the agent said there were not and encouraged him to check his libraries. Indeed, Nuland found there were no such books, either for the general public or for physicians. Already in his 60s, Nuland had been thinking about retiring. An older surgeon...

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