Dr. Sherwin Nuland, Author of HOW WE DIE, Dies at 83

Dr. Sherwin Nuland, Author of HOW WE DIE, Dies at 83

Dr. Sherwin Nuland, author of award-winning book "How We Die," has died at age 83 of prostrate cancer at his home in Hamden, CT.

Nuland was an American surgeon and writer who taught bioethics, history of medicine, and medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine, and occasionally bioethics andhistory of medicine at Yale College. His 1994 book How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter was a New York Times Best Seller and won the National Book Award for Nonfiction as well as being a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

In 2011 Nuland was awarded the Rhoads Gold Medal of the American Philosophical Society, for contributions to medicine.

Nuland wrote non-academic articles for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New Republic, Time, and the New York Review of Books. He was a fellow of the Hastings Center, an independent bioethics research institution.

Nuland was born Shepsel Ber Nudelman in The Bronx, New York City, in December 1930 to immigrant Russian Jewish parents Meyer and Vitsche Nudelman. Although raised in a traditional Orthodox Jewish home, he came to consider himself agnostic, but continued to attend synagogue.

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