There is nothing more certain in life than death. But the mechanics and ourunderstanding of dying have changed drastically: scientific advances have dramaticallyincreased life expectancy, leading many of us to become detached from the reality ofbeing mortal. In Modern Death, Warraich explores the process, rituals and language ofdying, and reveals how modern technology has changed not only how, when and wherewe die, but also what death means to us. As a physician and clinical researcher,Warraich knows the business of dying better than most. Using personal experience,literature, theology and legal theory, he reveals that dying is now a more harrowing andprolonged process than ever before, arguing that society has to do more to guaranteepatients a ‘good’ death. He discusses the ethics of healthcare proxies, living wills andthe right to die – all firmly at the core of the debate today, as an overwhelming majoritysuccumb to heart disease and cancer in hospitals and nursing homes. Warraich is ayoung and brilliant new voice in the conversation about death and dying with a heartfelt,insightful and unabashedly honest look about death and how we can do better by theones we love.