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BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7072.1591 (Published 21 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1591
  1. Tony Delamothe, deputy editora
  1. a BMJ, London WC1H 9JR

    This year's cover is about death. What does it mean, and why such an unseasonal choice?

    Even without any conscious effort on our part, death is always present in Christmas BMJs. Maybe people write about what's really on their minds when freed from the constraints of traditional scientific communication.

    This year's Christmas issue contains more on death and dying than most. Its first two papers, traditional enough in form and content, examine some of the social factors that are relevant to the mortality experience of large populations. Along with other papers in this section, they report that inequalities in life are followed by …

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