Intended for healthcare professionals

Bmj Usa Editor's choice

Dead issue

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 20 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:255
  1. Douglas Kamerow, editor

    This month we feature material from the July 26 BMJ theme issue, “What is a Good Death?”—a topic of immediate interest to primary care doctors. Most of us can easily remember examples of patient deaths that were awful and those that we felt were dignified and even inspiring. Especially in America, where we pride ourselves on having a technological solution to almost everything, we often do not succeed in orchestrating our patients' final days satisfactorily.

    The orchestra is an apt metaphor for the …

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