I didn't know what to expect when I picked up this book. It was something my anatomy class had to read for extra credit, after all.
The book itself is fascinating as it is frightening, releasing emotions and truth about life and death and how they intertwine themselves in our everyday lives. "How We Die" is written from the perspective of a doctor who remained with his patients until their final end. Nuland's writing is very intimate and descriptive, conveying emotion in a powerful way.
This book is definetly not for the faint of heart. Several topics discussed are murder, suicide, cancer, and AIDS, just to name a few. For some it might be a difficult subject, but for those going into any medicial professon it's a very informative read.