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In search of a good death: Both how and when determines a good death

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 24 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:226
  1. Anand Deshpande, general practitioner (
  1. Westhoughton, Lancashire BL5 2QE

    EDITOR—Plutarch reports that when Julius Caesar was asked at a party with his friends what kind of death was the best, Caesar replied: “The kind that comes unexpectedly.”1 His wish was fulfilled. When we are young and healthy we do not like to think about the way we will die as death is a negative thought and is subconsciously pushed out of our mind.

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