Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious IllnessBMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7234.587 (Published 26 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:587
- Dingle Spence, consultant in palliative medicine
- St Peter's Hospice, Bristol
Joanne Lynn, Joan Harrold
Oxford University Press, £14.99, pp 256
ISBN 0 19 511662 3
A hundred years ago most adults died quickly from accidents or infections. Death and serious illness were everyday occurrences, and most people would have had firsthand experience of the death of a loved one early on in their own life. Nowadays most people have little experience of disease and dying, and many of us will have serious illnesses that linger for months or years before we die.
Handbook for Mortals attempts to bridge that gap—the gulf between “living with” and “dying of” …