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The Hour of Our Death

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7408.230 (Published 24 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:230
  1. David Healy, director (Healy_Hergest@compuserve.com)
  1. North Wales Department of Psychological Medicine, Bangor

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    Philippe Ariés

    Oxford University Press 1991 (Alfred A Knopf 1981), pp 651 ISBN 0 19 507364 9

    This classic book is currently out of print, but may be available from libraries and online secondhand bookshops

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    Philippe Ariés was one of the most highly regarded social historians of the second half of the 20th century. His first essays on the history of death appeared in 1975, just when emerging medical capacities to keep people alive on ventilators to the end of the tax year had given a whole new meaning to the biblical adage to render unto Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's. Aware of changing attitudes to death, and wondering if we were facing a radical break with …

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