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The Myth of Death with Dignity.

Dr. Sherwin Nuland is a surgeon, and he teaches surgery and the history of medicine at Yale. In his new book, "How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter," (Knopf), he writes that few of us have an understanding of the way people die because 80 percent of Americans die in the hospital, and, for the most part their deaths are concealed. Nuland's new book is an attempt to "demythologize" the process of dying and he presents death in its biological and clinical reality. Oliver Sacks writes of the book, "A series of portraits or analyses, as powerful and sensitive, and unsparing and unsentimental, as anything I have ever read."


Other segments from the episode on February 14, 1994

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, February 14, 1994: Interview with Sherwin Nuland; Interview with Ann-Margret; Review of The Mavericks' album "What a Crying Shame."


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