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BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7056.0 (Published 31 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:0

Looking death square in the faceIn his Soundings column this week Liam Farrell looks at what has happened to that old time religion - the sort that Marx described as the opium of the people (p 564). Although “it fulfilled all sorts of useful functions,” we seem to have moved on “to an age of healthy scepticism in which we can confront our dread of nonbeing, look death square in the face, and spit right in his eye.” Except that Farrell thinks that we are now beguiled by “the false grail of endless health as a reward for good behaviour” and even less likely to achieve happiness in this world …

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