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In search of a good death: Good death is social construction

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 24 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:223
  1. Mary J Curtis, head of education and training
  1. Mount Edgecumbe Hospital, St Austell, Cornwall PL26 6AB

    EDITOR—I refer to assumptions about the good death that are implicit in Ellershaw and Ward's paper.1 Dying is a social process guided by expectations of appropriate behaviours which delimit a range of dying trajectories, thus defining normal and abnormal dying.2

    One example of a good …

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