Remembering Sherwin Nuland
Dr. Nuland was a wonderful advocate for the importance of access to mental health services. RIP.
Surgeon, author and speaker Sherwin Nuland died on March 3, 2014, at age 83. The author of a dozen books — including the award-winning How We Die, a clear-eyed look at life’s last chapter — Nuland came to TED in 2001 to tell a story he’d never told before.
The world-renowned surgeon, head of Yale’s surgery program and best-selling author began his talk with a history of mental health and mental illness … and gradually began to weave in his own story, of a depression so crippling, so impossible to shift, that in his 40s he was in line for a lobotomy. But his young doctor made a bold suggestion, and then stuck to it in the face of widespread doubt: Nuland would try electric shock therapy.
It’s a stunning talk. TED’s own Tom Rielly, who saw the talk live, remembers:
“Sherwin’s talk took us on a journey into…
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