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Professor Sherwin B. Nuland, M.D.

Professor Sherwin B. Nuland
  • Yale School of Medicine
  • Yale School of Medicine
The underlying philosophy of the Hippocratic physicians was that disease involves a patient’s entire body and mind, so therapy must be directed to the whole context of the patient’s life situation rather than a small part of it.

Dr. Sherwin B. Nuland (1930-2014) was Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Yale School of Medicine and Fellow of the university's Institution for Social and Policy Studies. He served on the executive committees of Yale's Whitney Humanities Center and its Interdisciplinary Bioethics Project. Professor Nuland was a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, New York University, and the Yale School of Medicine, from which he earned his M.D. After training in surgery at the Yale-New Haven Hospital, he practiced and taught there for three decades. He considered the bedside and operative care of over 10,000 patients to be the most rewarding work of his career. He taught bioethics and medical history to undergraduates and medical students. Dr. Nuland is the author of eight books, including Doctors: The Biography of Medicine and The Wisdom of the Body. He is also the author of How We Die, a reflection on the modern way of death, which was on the New York Times best-seller list for 34 weeks. This book won the National Book Award and was a finalist for the 1995 Pulitzer Prize and the Book Critics Circle Award. Dr. Nuland has written dozens of articles for magazines and periodicals, including The New Yorker, Time, Life, National Geographic, Discover, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times.

"Dr. Nuland's lecture is like sitting and listening to a story teller. The subject matter is extremely interesting and it is just fascinating to hear him tell it. You can tell that he really loves the material and has a gift for presenting it."

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  1. Doctors: The History of Scientific Medicine Revealed Through Biography

    Doctors: The History of Scientific Medicine Revealed Through Biography

    Sherwin B. Nuland, M.D.
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    What major discoveries made modern medicine possible? Who were the fascinating individuals responsible for these discoveries? What qualities prepared each of them for their unique roles in medical history? Discover the answers in Doctors: The History of Scientific Medicine Revealed. Here, Professor Sherwin B. Nuland draws on the lives of 12 of medicine's greatest contributors to tell the human story behind the...
  2. Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas Collection

    Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas

    Sherwin B. Nuland, M.D.
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    The Great Courses has introduced millions of lifelong learners to some of the biggest ideas out there. Enjoy a collection of 36 lectures specially curated from some of our most popular courses and get a fresh learning experience in a wide range of disciplines. Religious writings that may have been forged; a universal template of world myths; the science of tasting colors—Join us for an intriguing tour of big ideas!
  3. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History Collection

    36 Revolutionary Figures of History

    Sherwin B. Nuland, M.D.
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    Alexander the Great. Jesus. Darwin. Churchill. These are just a few of the revolutionary individuals who have transformed our world in ways that still resonate today. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History is a unique collection of 36 lectures from our extensive course catalog—one that takes you across time and around the globe to offer piercing insights into some of history’s most transformative figures.