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‘Modern Death’ Looks At The New Ways We Die

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Courtesy St. Martin's Press

Haider Warraich is only 29 years old, but he is no stranger to death. Throughout his training as a doctor, he has witnessed the death of multiple patients. Warraich was trained in the appropriate medical response to death but remained stumped by a multitude of bigger questions about the process, such as what role does religion play in a hospital, and how does social media change how we process death and dying?  

Warraich assembled what he learned about end-of-life issues in the contemporary age in his new book “Modern Death: How Medicine Changed the End of Life” (St. Martin’s Press/2017). Host Frank Stasio speaks with Warraich, a fellow in cardiovascular disease at the Duke University Medical Center

Warraich reads from his new book on February 28 at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, and on March 16 at The Regulator Bookshop in Durham. He is also speaking on April 20 at the University of North Carolina's Friday Center for Continuing Education, at an event hosted by the Orange County Department on Aging.

Laura Pellicer is a digital reporter with WUNC’s small but intrepid digital news team. She's currently filling in as the station's digital news editor.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.