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The On Being Project

Sherwin Nuland

The Biology of the Spirit

Dr. Sherwin Nuland died this week at the age of 83. He became well-known for his first book, How We Die, which won the National Book Award. For him, pondering death was a way of wondering at life — and the infinite variety of processes that maintain human life moment to moment. He reflects on the meaning of life by way of scrupulous and elegant detail about human physiology.

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    Sherwin Nuland

    was a clinical professor of surgery at Yale University, where he also taught bioethics and medical history. His books include How We DieLost in AmericaMaimonides, and How We Live: The Wisdom of the Body.