Letter to a daughter: On the imminent death of a childBMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7127.0j (Published 24 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:j
- John Black, retired paediatrician
- Framlingham, Suffolk
An undated letter from Jean-Henri Fabre to his daughter on learning of the imminent death of her child
My dear Claire,
Every day I have been waiting, and hoping that the little invalid had improved. And then I receive this distressing letter. At the extremity of life, you tell me. Let us not lose hope yet; no doctor has ever been infallible.
Though not yet giving up hope, I share deeply your pain and sorrow, and knowing you, they must be very great. Such a catastrophe strikes at the very basis of life. Yes, you are undoubtedly right, it …