Modern Death: How Medicine Changed the End of Life by Haider Warraich

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Read Modern Death: How Medicine Changed the End of Life Online Free - There is no more universal truth in life than death. No matter who you are, it is certain that one day you will die, but the mechanics and understanding of that experience will differ greatly in today’s modern age. Dr. Haider Warraich is a young and brilliant new voice in the conversation about death and dying started by Dr. Sherwin Nuland’s classic How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter, and Atul Gawande’s recent sensation, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. Dr. Warraich takes a broader look at how we die today, from the cellular level up to the very definition of death itself.

The most basic aspects of dying—the whys, wheres, whens, and hows—are almost nothing like what they were mere decades ago. Beyond its ecology, epidemiology, and economics, the very ethos of death has changed. Modern Death, Dr. Warraich’s debut book, will explore the rituals and language of dying that have developed in the last century, and how modern technology has not only changed the hows, whens, and wheres of death, but the what of death.

Delving into the vast body of research on the evolving nature of death, Modern Death will provide readers with an enriched understanding of how death differs from the past, what our ancestors got right, and how trends and events have transformed this most final of human experiences.

Title : Modern Death: How Medicine Changed the End of Life
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ISBN : 1250104580
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 336 pages


Rebecca rated it ★★★★☆

August 21, 2017

(3.5) Haider Warraich, a physician originally from Pakistan, trained at Harvard and is now a fellow in cardiovascular medicine at Duke University in North Carolina. Like Ed Yong’s I Contain Multitudes or Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal, Modern Death is a learned but engaging book that intersperses sc...

Rachel rated it ★★★★☆

February 14, 2017

This is really a 4.5 star review. Let's start with a few background facts that color this review. My family and in particular my mother has been very open in its discussion of death. I know my parents wishes when the end comes and they know mine. We're of the perspective that less is more at the...

Michiel rated it ★★★★☆

February 13, 2017

I wanted to write a comprehensive review but I don't think any review does justice to this excellent and well researched book. Consider this lousy review the exact opposite of this wonderful (and sobering) book.

Art rated it ★★★★★

April 03, 2017

Dad flushed dead turtles and goldfish down the toilet. From water pets we graduated to land mammals, such as cats and dogs. Then the day arrived when each of them died. Then a classmate of hers died, making my sister inconsolable. Uncle Wes died and I remember attending his wake as a little boy i...

Nell rated it ★★★★☆

March 04, 2017

Really 4.5 stars. I have not read this in a discussion group, but it's an important topic to talk about. Because it also touches on the role of religion and spirituality, on the definition of death, and on assisted suicide, it might spur some different viewpoints. Besides which, as the author and...

Valerie rated it ★★★★★

March 23, 2017

Modern Death I picked up a copy of Haider Warraich’s book Modern Death as soon as I saw it advertised. This is a topic that I find fascinating and Mr. Warraich’s book was billed as the “follow-up” to Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal, so I didn’t think twice about the impulse purchase. While reading the...

Lynn rated it ★★★☆☆

May 14, 2017

Two end-of-life emerged on my lengthy library reserve list at the same time. Not pleasant reading, but important. While MODERN DEATH is a sort of text book about death through the ages, with discussions of cell death, etc., EXTREME MEASURES is more of a handbook about what happens when one gets in...

Jessica rated it ★★★★☆

April 11, 2017

There were a few times when I found this book a little annoying (such as when he says that he has never talked to his mother about what sort of life-sustaining interventions she would want, but he knows that she would always want more time; despite the fact that he says in another part of the boo...

Ruth-Ellen rated it ★★★★☆

August 19, 2017

Well written and inciteful about the state of death in modern times. He explains cell death, the history of death, ethics, landmark cases, and more. A must read for everyone - especially every Doctor and Nurse.

Kate rated it ★★★★☆

April 07, 2017

Dr. Warraich is currently working Duke and I went to his hometown reading/discussion at the Regulator. This is a compelling, interesting read about, as the title says, modern death. I appreciate some of the historical and social background he brings in along with personal stories. He writes about...

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