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March 6, 2014 3:39 PM Subscribe
Sherwin Nuland, surgeon and award-winning author who challenged idea of dignified death, has died at age 83.
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The son of first generation immigrants
, Nuland survived a troubled childhood and succeeded in medical school only to face near-paralyzing depression, for which he was successfully treated with electroconvulsive therapy (first-person TED talk)
. His award-winning book, "How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter"
, included realistic descriptions of the process of death and helped to frame the national debate on assisted suicide.
Nuland argued that physicians should not prolong life beyond natural limits, but opposed assisted suicide, while understanding personal feelings could sometimes impact the course of treatment, as in the case of his own brother (details in NYT obit
*Post title is not Nuland's quote, but his epigraph for a memoir about his troubled father.