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Exploring perspectives on death

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 10 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1412

In this News article by Caroline White (17 April, p 911), we referred to average life expectancy as running to 394 000 minutes—a rather brief life span, some might think, given that there are only 525 600 minutes in one non-leap year. Assuming that the average life expectancy referred to in the article was intended to relate to UK males (that is, 75 years), some straightforward maths reveals that 75 years (even discounting the extra length of leap years) in fact contain 39 420 000 minutes. Quite a lot of minutes were lost somewhere in our publication process.