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Life in the Balance: Emergency Medicine and the Quest for Survival

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 07 March 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:787
  1. Tim Ashworth, retired consultant and forensic pathologist

    Mickey S Eisenberg

    Oxford University Press, £19.99, pp 304

    ISBN 0 19 510179 0

    Death, and particularly sudden death, was an accepted fact of life for most of recorded history. With the renaissance, attitudes changed to one of abhorrence—death was a sign of the wrath of God or that peace had not been made with one's Maker. Now the loss of a relationship with a beloved has been compounded by loss of faith, decreased exposure to the event of death itself, and a misguided belief in the power of modern medicine to render …

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