Sherwin Nuland, surgeon and award-winning author who challenged idea of dignified death, has died at age 83.
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. [more inside]
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